Area of Expertise
History of urban inequality, boosterism, development, gentrification, low wage labor, and homelessness. He has also done extensive research on the history of the poultry industry in the twentieth century.
Dan Kerr published Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland, Ohio, which takes the reader on a sweeping tour of Cleveland's history from the late nineteenth-century through the early twenty-first. Kerr is currently working on a manuscript addressing the research he conducted with the Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project where he has interviewed close to 200 homeless people and has facilitated dozens of workshops and meetings in the shelters and drop-in centers of Cleveland. He addresses this work in detail in his article, “We Know What the Problem Is,” Oral History Review, Winter/Spring 2003. From 2005-2011, Kerr taught at James Madison University where he directed the Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project and researched and taught a class on the history of the poultry industry. Kerr specializes in the fields of environmental history, urban social history, community history, oral history, and public history. Kerr has made an active effort to make his research accessible and relevant to those who promote social justice in the community.