Gergely Baics is Associate Professor of History and BPH Endowed Faculty Chair of Urban Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. Baics's scholarly interests include modern urban history, 19th-century American economic and social history, trans-Atlantic population history, historical GIS, and social science history methods. He is the author of Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790-1860 (Princeton University Press, 2016/18). His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the New-York Historical Society, and the Presidential Research Award at Barnard. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Urban HistoryUrban History, the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, and Planning Perspectives. Baics is currently at work on a new book project, entitled Transitional City: Built Environment and Social Distance in New York, 1840s-1890s.