Andrea Thabet, Ph.D.
Bio: I have a Ph.D. in U.S. history from UC Santa Barbara, with a focus on twentieth century history, urban history, Los Angeles history, and public history. I am currently revising my dissertation for publication. Titled "Culture as Urban Renewal: Postwar Los Angeles and the Remaking of Public Space," the manuscript looks at cultural initiatives and spaces of leisure as a way to understand the larger social, economic, and political forces that shaped Los Angeles after World War II—specifically, the Hollywood Bowl, the L.A. Music Center, the L.A. County Museum of Art, and Elysian Park. I examine the construction and revitalization of these public spaces as a way to understand not only the significance of constructing cultural spaces in the project to remake L.A. into a national cultural epicenter, but also what that story reveals about urban growth and urban renewal policy in Los Angeles after World War II.