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Jefferson Cowie, Fellowship Mentor

Professor, History, Vanderbilt University

Cowie

Advisee(s): Christopher Cimaglio   

Jefferson Cowie is a social and political historian whose research and teaching focus on how class, inequality, and work shape American capitalism, politics, and culture.  His most recent book, The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics (Princeton University Press, 2016), is a broad stroke reinterpretation of twentieth century American politics. Another book, Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, (New York: The New Press, 2010) coalesces labor, politics, and popular culture into a vibrant narrative about the decline of class in American political culture. It received a number of “best book” awards and citations.  In addition to his scholarship, Cowie’s essays, reviews, and opinion pieces have also appeared in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Ed, American Prospect, Politico, Democracy, The New Republic, Chicago Tribune, Inside Higher Ed, Dissent, and other popular outlets

Prior to coming to Vanderbilt in spring 2016, Cowie taught at Cornell University for 18 years, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History in the ILR School. 

Selected Recent Publications

The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics (Princeton University Press, 2016)

Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class. (New York: The New Press, 2010). 

Contact:

Jefferson Cowie's website.

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