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Name: Dr. Mark K. Abbott
Position: Professor of History
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (314) 340-3687
Office: 210 HGAB
Degrees Held:
Doctor of Philosophy
Purdue University
American Studies (History)


Bio: Professor Abbott has been a member of the HSSU faculty since January 1988.  He teaches courses in History and Urban Studies.  He is also the Director of the Center for Neighborhood Affairs (CNA).  CNA is an institute that provides technical assistance to underserved communities in St. Louis in the areas of neighborhood planning, strategic planning, program design/evaluation, grant writing/fundraising, and entrepreneurial support. Dr. Abbott is married and has two sons.  He lives in Tower Grove Heights on the Near South Side of St. Louis

U. S. History I and II World History I and II

The City in American History Megatrends and the Future of the City

Grant Writing and Admin. Urban Development

Introduction to Urban Studies General Education Synthesis






Abbott, Mark, ed.  The Making of the All-America City: Critical Essays on East St. Louis.  Edwardsville, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011.

Abbott, Mark.  Tower Grove.  St. Louis: Reedy Press, 2009.

 Abbott, Mark and Andrew Theising, ed.  St. Louis Currents: The Bi- State Region after a Century of Planning.  Edwardsville, Illinois: Southern Illinois University, 2009.

 Articles/Book Chapters 

Abbott, Mark.  “The Seeds of St. Louis Regionalism,” Confluence, Fall 2009

Abbott, Mark.  Invited author of two chapters in St. Louis Plans: The Ideal andthe Real St. Louis.   (St. Louis, Missouri: University of Missouri at St. Louis: Public Policy Research Center, 2007.

Abbott, Mark.  “St. Louis County, Missouri” and “Harland Bartholomew” invited submissions for the Encyclopedia of the Midwest.  Columbus, Ohio: Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities, The Ohio State University, 2005.

Abbott, Mark.  "Déjà vu All Over Again: St. Louis Master Plans and the Dreamof the  Democratic Community,” Gateway Heritage, Vol. 19, No. 4, spring 1999.

 Abbott, Mark.  "The Master Plan,” in American Cities and Suburbs: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing, 1999.




Abbott, Mark.  “Harland Bartholomew and the Template for theComprehensive Plan.”  Delivered at the Fifteenth Biennial Conference on Planning History, Toronto, 2013.

Abbott, Mark.  “Creating Order from Chaos in Mid-Nineteenth Century St.Louis.”  Delivered at the Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic,” July 2013, St. Louis, MO.

 Abbott, Mark.  “George Kessler and Harland Bartholomew: Competing Visions of Recreation Planning.  Delivered at the 2013 Missouri Conference on History, March 2013, Cape Girardeau, MO.

Abbott, Mark.  “Harland Bartholomew: Visionary or Monster?”  Delivered at the Fourteenth Biennial Conference on Planning History, Baltimore, 2011.

 Abbott, Mark. “Business in the Hood: the Role of Business Districts in Neighborhood Stabilization,” Eleventh Biennial Conference on Planning History, Miami, 2005.

 Abbott, Mark. “The Lucas Heights Partnership.”  Delivered at the Seventh Annual St. Louis Neighborhoods Conference, April 2002.

Abbott, Mark. “The Neighborhood That Forgot to Decay: a Look at Tower Grove Heights and the Forces of Postwar Decline and Stabilization.”  Delivered at the Ninth Biennial Conference of the Society of American City and Regional Planning Historians, November 2001, Philadelphia, PA.

 Abbott, Mark.  “Thinking on the Edge: Searching for the St. Louis Mind.” Delivered at the 2001 Missouri Conference on History, March 2001, Lake of the Ozarks, MO. 

Abbott, Mark. “St. Louis: 1764—2004.”  Delivered at the monthly Metropolis meeting, June 2000.

Abbott, Mark. “Harland Bartholomew in St. Louis.”  Delivered at the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Society of American City and Regional Planning Historians, November 1999, Washington, D.C.  

Abbott, Mark.  "An Old Pluralism for a New Century? The Social Theory of Jane Jacobs Revisited."   Delivered at the Seventh Biennial Conference of the Society of American City and Regional Planning Historians, October 1997, Seattle, Washington.

Abbott, Mark.  "The Progressive Era, St. Louis, and the World's Fair," World's Fair Teachers' Institute, Missouri Historical Society, June 1997.

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