Thomas A. Guiler

Dr. Guiler received his Ph.D. in American History from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Scranton. His research interests focus on utopian and intentional communities in 19th and 20th century America and resulted in his dissertation on communal groups in the Arts and Crafts Movement: Roycroft, Byrdcliffe, and Rose Valley. A native of Upstate New York, Dr. Guiler researches and teaches 19th and 20th century American cultural and social history and has particular interests in the history of Upstate, New York, material culture, business, international relations, social protest, decorative arts, and the digital and public humanities. He has published in Pennsylvania History and Communal Societies and has received grants, awards, and fellowships from the Communal Studies Association, the New York Council for the Humanities, the Popular Culture / American Culture Association, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University. He also founded and continues to manage UpstateHistorical (, an interactive website that brings the rich history of Upstate New York to life by pinning key historic sites with text, photographs, audio, and video content to tell the story of a particular place, the people that lived there, and events at that location. He is currently working on a book, The Handcrafted Utopia: Arts and Crafts Communities in Progressive America, based on his dissertation.

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