Gregory W. Bush
Ph.D., Columbia University (1983);
Office: Rm. 609 Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-6406
Fields of Interest: U.S. Social and Cultural
Professor Bush specializes in modern American history, with an emphasis on political, intellectual, and cultural history. His scholarly interests revolve around media history, perceptions of crowd behavior, and public history that promotes better understanding of South Florida’s past. He is one of the founders of Miami’s Florida Moving Image Archive (formerly the Louis Wolfson II Media History Center), and author of Lord of Attention: Gerald Stanley Lee and the Crowd Metaphor in Industrializing America, published in 1991 by University of Massachusetts Press. He initiated a Florida Public Space Program with high school teachers that involves studying and redesigning public parks. He has been developing projects with local teachers that can be seen at www.floridacommunitystudies.org and has been an activist in relation to Virginia Key and Bicentennial Park. He has also been working on the history of public space in the Miami area, the culture of spectacle, and an edited volume of oral history interviews on growth management in South Florida. Bush has co-authored Miami: The American Crossroad (1996) with Arva Moore Parks, which won the Tebeau Prize of the Florida Historical Society and was distributed free to Miami-Dade County high school students. He directs the Institute for Public History.
His community service has included serving as President of the Urban Environment League (1998-2002), which struggles to save and enhance local public parks. He was also the author of several important City of Miami resolutions, including one establishing the Parks Advisory Board and another redesigning Bicentennial Park. He continues to serve on the Board of the Urban Environment League and is presently Vice President for Programs. This past year he has also overseen the creation of a new project in conjunction with the National Park Service, the County Parks, Miami Dade College and other partners including Shake a Leg Miami. It is called Nature Links and involves young adults with developmental delays with continuing education, including local history, job training and volunteer opportunities in the natural world.