Prof. Peter Baldwin Discusses Bathrooms with Bloomberg CityLab

Prof. Peter Baldwin of the UConn History Dept. Photo by Mark Mirko, Hartford Courant newspaper.A recently published CityLab article asks the question, “where did all the public bathrooms go?” The author, Elizabeth Yuko, turned to UConn History professor Peter Baldwin to delve into this inquiry. For Professor Baldwin, public bathrooms reveal the intersections of public health, class, and gender, each intimately  connected to early twentieth century concerns around privacy and government intervention. The absence of public bathrooms, Professor Baldwin argues, reveals that “we do not care about anyone who doesn’t have money, which I think encapsulates where American politics has been going since 1980.” For more insights into toilets, culture, and politics, check out the CityLab article!

This entry was posted in Faculty.