U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives

Experts in this group study politics and social movements in the United States, with particular emphasis on the twentieth century.

Some focus specifically on technology, science, and the economy, while others examine struggles for racial justice and human rights. Deeply informed by history, the group seeks actively to inform contemporary policy debates on a variety of issues, including nuclear proliferation, international scientific exchange, agricultural subsidies, intellectual property law, diversity in STEM fields, and reforms aimed at fostering inclusive and sustainable urban communities.

For more information, visit the U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives faculty page.


  • Daniel Amsterdam, Assistant Professor of History
    Urban; Political Economy
  • Kate Pride Brown, Assistant Professor of Sociology
    Political Sociology; Social Movements
  • Douglas Flamming, Professor of History
    Labor; Race and Civil Rights
  • Larry Foster, Professor of History
    Religion and Religious Freedom
  • Carla Gerona, Associate Professor of History
    Borderlands
  • John Krige, Kranzberg Professor of the History of Technology
    Science, Technology, and Diplomacy since 1945
  • Mary McDonald, Homer Rice Chair in Sports and Society
    Gender; Inequality; Sports 
  • Todd Michney, Assistant Professor of History
    Race and Ethnicity; Digital Humanities
  • Willie Pearson, Jr., Professor of Sociology
    STEM Workforce; Race and Diversity
  • Sherie Randolph, Associate Professor of History
    Black Feminist Theory; Social Movements; Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
  • Jennifer Singh, Associate Professor of Sociology
    Public Health; Biomedical Ethics
  • John Smith, Assistant Professor of History
    Sport and Modern Society
  • Steven Usselman, Professor of History
    Technology and Innovation; Political Economy
  • Bill Winders, Associate Professor of Sociology
    Agriculture; Political Economy
  • Ronald Bayor, Emeritus Professor of History
    Urban and Immigration Policy
  • August Giebelhaus, Emeritus Professor of History
    Energy; Political Economy
  • Greg Nobles, Emeritus Professor of History
    American Revolution and the Frontier