Alex Jacoby, PhD

Humanities Faculty
Humanities Faculty

Urban and environmental historian who embraces the use of digital humanities technology

Alex Jacoby was trained as an urban and environmental historian and is currently a Humanities Research Associate at University of California, Irvine. His recent dissertation, “Bringing the Beach to Los Angeles: The Politics and Environment of the Southern California Coast, 1880–1970,” examines the growth of area’s famous beaches over the 20th century, and explores both the political economy of coastal development and changing ideas about leisure and recreation to explain the origins of this understudied landscape. His current research looks at the visual and material culture of the midcentury Los Angeles coast through its transnational popularity. He has also embraced the use of digital humanities technology, utilizing topic modeling in an ongoing research project and teaching introductory undergraduate courses on the subject.