Anthony Padovano is broadly interested in issues of political economy; political, legal, and economic development; and transportation in the 19th century United States. More specifically, he studies the efforts of Michigan and Wisconsin before and after statehood to build, develop, and foster transportation networks. In addition to his academic interests, he is interested in historic preservation and interpretation.
Prior to beginning at Michigan State, he received a Master of Arts in 2016 from West Virginia University in public history. He also received a Bachelor of Arts in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.