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Chatham University

Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Abby Mendelson Ph.D.

Abby Mendelson

Hometown : Great Neck, NY
Joined Chatham : 2010

Academic Areas of Interest

Creative Non-Fiction

Personal Areas of Interest

Reading, writing, walking, movies, baseball, Jewish studies


Abby Mendelson has written, ghost-written, extensively edited, or significantly contributed to some two dozen books. As part of his Pittsburgh shelf, Abby has written the Official History of the Pittsburgh Steelers (three editions), a second history of the Steelers, a book on Pittsburgh neighborhoods (Pittsburgh: A Place in Time, two editions), two histories of The Pressley Ridge Schools, the history of The Holy Family Institute, and numerous others. In addition, he was the principal writer for Pittsburgh Born, Pittsburgh Bred, the official book of the city's 250th anniversary. He has also published the novels Paradise Boys and Scotch and Oranges, and the short story collections Ghost Dancer and End of the Road. At Chatham, Abby teaches creative non-fiction. In addition, he teaches literature at Point Park University and at Pitt's Osher Program. Currently, he is writing a book on Pittsburgh's signature churches as well as publishing a series of articles on contemporary life and civic leadership for Pop City, a Pittsburgh-based electronic magazine. In a long and varied career, he has published hundreds of articles in dozens of venues on virtually every conceivable subject. Abby has also worked in politics, government, public relations, advertising, and journalism. The father of three grown children, he has been happily married for many years.