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Patrick S. Vitale

Assistant Professor - Geography
Political Science, Philosophy, Geography

Patrick Vitale is an urban, economic and historical geographer. His research examines the effects of suburbanization, science and technology, and war on North American cities. He is currently completing a book, “The Atomic Capital of the World,” which explores the role of science and engineering in the remaking of Pittsburgh during the Cold War. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from Syracuse and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Research Interests
  • Growth and decline of industrial cities
  • Science and technology; scientists and engineers
  • Suburbs
Of Note

Patrick has spent most of his academic career researching Pittsburgh and is looking forward to beginning a new project that explores how the insurance industry shaped the Hartford region.

Teaching Interests
  • Geographies of settler colonialism, class, patriarchy and racism in the United States
  • Food insecurity
  • Social justice and activist research

“Making Science Suburban: The Suburbanization of Industrial Research and the Invention of ‘Research Man.’” Environment and Planning A 49, no. 12 (2017): 2813–34.

“The Pittsburgh Fairy Tale.” Jacobin (blog), June 20, 2017.

“Cradle of the Creative Class: Reinventing the Figure of the Scientist in Cold War Pittsburgh.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106, no. 6 (2016): 1378–96.

“Anti-Communism, The Growth Machine and the Remaking of Cold-War-Era Pittsburgh.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 39 (2015): 772–87.

“Decline Is Renewal.” Journal of Urban History 41, no. 1 (2015): 34–39.