Daniel Levinson Wilk

Daniel Levinson Wilk


Daniel Levinson Wilk is Associate Professor of American History at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, a member of the board of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, and until its recent demise, Associate Director of the Elevator Historical Society in Long Island City.  He writes about the history of waiters, elevators, and the modern service sector.

Recent publications include:

"Kenneth Lonergan, the Apolitical Bard of Service Workers," Atlantic Monthly Online, February 22, 2017.

"The Quintessential Art Deco Object," Elevator World, December 2016.

"The Odd Hybrid Businesses that Defined Early America," Atlas Obscura, September 2, 2016.

"Donald Trump and the Invention of Charismatic Finance," Atlantic Monthly Online, May 10, 2016.

"Harry Potter Elevators Are Coming ... But So What?," Al Jazeera America, March 8, 2015.

"The Red Cap's Gift: How Tipping Tempers the Rational Power of Money, Enterprise & Society 16 (January 2015), 1-46.

Dan is currently working on Lives of the Service Sector, a history of nineteenth-century American service industries and how they helped free people from slavery and servitude.

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