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Professor Zane Miller of the University of Cincinnati remembered

Daan arrived in Cincinnati in 1965 to teach at UC. His undergraduate class, “History of Cincinnati,” was very popular and David Stradling, PhD, says he was “an energetic mentor with a lively teaching style.”

Stradling, interim director of the School of Environment and Sustainability, is the first Zane L. Miller Professor of American Urban History.

“Zane and his students created an incredible amount of scholarship and wrote Cincinnati into the urban history of the United States,” he says. “This professorship allows this process to continue so that Cincinnati remains a focal point in urban history studies.”

Miller’s extensive research and scholarly work delved deep into Cincinnati’s urban history, painting a vivid picture of the city’s growth and development over time. In addition to Cincinnati, his work also explored the broader history of cities and their influential impact on crucial aspects of society, including political culture, the environment, transportation, and the complicated relationship between cities, rural areas, and suburbs.

Through his insightful analysis, Miller sheds light on the complex dynamics shaping our urban centers and their interactions with surrounding regions.

“Zane really put the ‘urban’ into my perspective and really appreciates how cities, especially Cincinnati, grow and evolve physically and politically,” says John Deatrick, CEAS ’79, a former student and former director of transportation and engineering for the city of Cincinnati.