Daniel Amsterdam

Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
  • Center for Urban Innovation
  • Development Studies Program
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Old CE Building G18
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Dan Amsterdam is an historian whose research focuses primarily on cities and social policy in the United States since the turn of the twentieth century. He completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received Penn's Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies. Among other honors, he has been awarded fellowships by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. He has authored, co-authored, and/or edited pieces that have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of Urban Affairs, the History of Education Quarterly, and in essay collections focused on American politics and political economy. His book, Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen’s Campaign for a Civic Welfare State, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2016. He is currently working on two long-term research projects: first, a series of articles and a book about the unequal development of Greater Atlanta in the late twentieth century; and second, a related project tracing the dissolution of school desegregation efforts in the United States primarily through a major U.S. Supreme Court case that originated in suburban Atlanta.  A two-time recipient of Georgia Tech's Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, he was a Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow in 2015-2016.

Research Fields:
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • United States
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Governance
  • HIST-2112: United States since 1877
  • HTS-2101: Research Methods
  • HTS-3011: City in American Hist
  • HTS-4001: Seminar in US History
  • HTS-4011: Seminar in Sociology
  • HTS-6101: Soc & Pol Hist of U.S.