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Clay McShane is a specialist in United States urban and social history. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on these topics as well as on the history of Boston and the history of technology. He is an editor of the internet-based discussion group H-Urban. Professor McShane has presented numerous conference papers, both in the U.S. and overseas. His article, “The State of the Art in North American Urban History,” will appear in the Journal of Urban History in May, 2006. His monographs include The Automobile: A Chronology (1997) and Down the Asphalt Path: American Cities and the Automobile (1994). His current research deals with the horse in nineteenth-century American cities.