Mara Keire's research features in latest Atlas Obscura travel and architecture magazine

Mara Keire's research on vice, regulation and reform in early twentieth-century America is the focus of an article in the latest edition of Atlas Obscura, a travel and architecture magazine. Dr Keire, a Supernumerary Teaching and Research Fellow at the RAI, is the author of For Business and Pleasure: Red-Light Districts and the Regulation of Vice in the United States, 1890-1933 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). The Atlas Obscura article reveals how many of America's cities had officially sanctioned red-light districts at the turn of the twentieth century and explores how Progressive reformers organised succesful campaigns to eradicate such neighborhoods.

Dr Keire is currently working on two projects: Under the Boardwalk: Rape and Popular Culture in New York, 1900-1929 and Apocalypse Americana: How Americans Have Imagined the End of the World from the Atomic Bomb to Obama.

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