Bio


I've been the Associate Director of the Program on Urban Studies since the fall of 2003; I'm also a senior lecturer in Urban Studies and, sometimes, in History.

I teach both introductory and upper-level courses in Urban Studies, and I teach courses on the history of American cities.

Academic Appointments


  • Senior Lecturer, Sociology

Administrative Appointments


  • Associate Director, Program on Urban Studies (2004 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, History (2002)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


19th and 20th Century Urban and Social History; Street Life; Urban Space

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • THE RISK OF CHOLERA AND THE REFORM OF URBAN SPACE: PHILADELPHIA, 1893 GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW Kahan, M. B. 2013; 103 (4): 517-536
  • “There are Plenty of Women on the Street”: The Landscape of Commercial Sex in Progressive-Era Philadelphia” Historical Geography Kahan, M. B. 2012; 40: 39-60