Henry C. Binford Associate Professor

Henry C. Binford (Ph.D., Harvard, 1973) is a social historian of the 19th century United States. He is particularly interested in urbanization and city growth. Much of his work deals with urban sub-communities such as suburbs, industrial areas, and “slums.” He seeks to understand both how such areas functioned as elements of urban growth and how they were perceived by the people who lived and worked in them.

Affiliated Programs


Teaching Interests


  • Development of Cities.
  • The History of Chicago.
  • The Cultural/Intellectual Background of the Problem of Poverty.


  • U.S. Urban History.

Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2013: Career Achievement Award, Northwestern University Black Alumni Association.
  • 2005: Outstanding Affiilate Award, Northwestern Department of African American Studies.
  • 1999: Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Northwestern University Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Pan-Hellenic Association.
  • 1998: National Faculty Award from the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.
  • 1998-2001: Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence 1996 Northwestern University Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching.