About the Author

Timothy J. Gilfoyle is professor of history at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches American urban and social history.  His research has focused on the development and evolution of 19th-century urban underworld subcultures and informal economies.  He is the author of A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York; City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920; The Urban Underworld in Late Nineteenth-Century New York: The Autobiography of George Appo; and co-author of The Flash Press: Sporting Men's Weeklies in the 1840s.  Gilfoyle’s interest in urban planning and public space is reflected in Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark. 
Hometown: Chicago, IL