Dr. Lees is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus. A historian of modern Europe, he specializes on the social and intellectual history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany in a comparative perspective. Among his publications, the best known are Cities Perceived: Urban Society in European and American Thought, 1820-1940 (Columbia University Press and Manchester University Press, 1985) and Cities, Sin, and Social Reform in Imperial Germany(University of Michigan Press, 2002). His edition of the autobiography of Alice Salomon, Character Is Destiny was published in 2004 (also by the University of Michigan Press). With his wife, Lynn Hollen Lees, he has also written Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2007). His latest book is The City: A World History (Oxford University Press, 2015). A member of the Rutgers-Camden faculty between 1974 and 2016, he has taught broadly in the areas of European and comparative European/American history.