Department of History

Laurence Glasco

  • Associate Professor


Race and Ethnicity
Urban History


History of Black Pittsburgh
Race and Caste in World Perspective

Education & Training

  • PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1973

Representative Publications

Editor, The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004)

Legacy in Bricks and Mortar: African-American Landmarks in Allegheny County (with Frank Bolden and Eliza Smith) (Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, 1995)

“Race, Caste and Untouchability: Lessons from India” (Sanskriti 1993) 

“National Versus Racial Identity: Juan Gualberto Gomez of Cuba and W.E.B. Du Bois of the United States,” in Wolfgang Reinhard and Peter Waldmann, Nord und Süd in Amerika (Rombach,1992) 

“The Life Cycles and Household Structures of American Ethnic Groups,” Journal of Urban History (1975)

Research Interests

History of Black Pittsburgh

A biography of K. Leroy Irvis

August Wilson's Hill District 

Teenie Harris' visual imagery of Black Pittsburgh