Daniel Amsterdam

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
  • Development Studies Program
Office Location: Old CE Building G18
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Dan Amsterdam's research and teaching focus on modern U.S. political history, urban history, and the history of American social and educational policy. He has authored or co-authored scholarship that has 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. Additionally, he is the author of the book Roaring Metropolis: Businessmen’s Campaign for a Civic Welfare State. Among other projects, he is working on an intellectual and political history tracing efforts to curtail and eventually end school desegregation in the United States in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. A former Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciencies and the recipient of multiple other national fellowships and grants, he has received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the student advisory board of Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and has twice been awarded Georgia Tech's Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award. He has served as the School of History and Sociology's graduate director and as its undergraduate director.

  • University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.; Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies.
  • Brown University, M.A.T.
  • Yale University, B.A.


Research Fields:
  • Education Policy
  • 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.