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Peter Norton

Title: Associate Professor, University of Virginia; Author, Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City
NACTO Title: Author, Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City
Peter Norton

Peter Norton is a historian who writes about people, cities, and cars—particularly about how cars took over city streets.  He is associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia.  He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press).  His article “Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street,” published in Technology and Culture, won the Abbott Payson Usher Prize of the Society for the History of Technology.  He is a member of the University of Virginia’s Center for Transportation Studies and of the Sustainable Urban Mobility project of Technical University Eindhoven (Netherlands).  Norton is a winner of the Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize and of the Trigon Engineering Society’s Hutchinson Award “for dedication and excellence in teaching.”