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Kristoffer Smemo

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Current Courses

Spring 2014 (tentative)


Guest post at the Society for US Intellectual History blog
"Conceptualizing the Path of Black Politics: Deton J. Brooks, Gunnar Myrdal, and Detroit, 1944"

Talk on Friday, February 13, 2015, 1:00 PM, HSSB 4041
I'll be presenting my paper “The Human Problem: Industrial Peace and the Liberal Republican Civil Rights Agenda during World War Two” to the Colloquium in Work, Labor, and Political Economy.

20th Century U.S. History

Ph.D. Candidate

Office: HSSB 3239

Advisor: Nelson Lichtenstein

I study twentieth century U.S. labor and political history. My dissertation examines how interracial working-class mobilization shaped the rise (and fall) of the liberal wing of the Republican Party.

Dissertation Title

  • A New Deal-ized Republican Party: Labor, Civil Rights, and the Remaking of American Liberalism, 1935-1973

Courses Taught

  • US History, 1929-1959
  • Labor Internship and Research Seminar

Selected Conference Presentations

  • "Productivity, Prices, and Politics: The 1959 Steel Strike Reconsidered,” Labor and Working Class History Association conference, Washington, D.C., May 28, 2015.
  • “Capital Flight and Civil Rights: The Republican Idea of a National Economy During the Eisenhower Administration,” Policy History Conference, Columbus, June 5, 2014.
  • “Planning For Peace: Republican Economic Development and the Intellectual Roots of Postwar American Capitalism,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History conference, UC-Irvine, Nov. 3, 2013.
  • “Labor and Liberal Republicanism: Making a Moderate Opposition to the New Deal Order,” Labor and Working Class History Association conference, New York, June 3-6, 2013.
  • “Racial Modernization: California Civil Rights and Republican Economic Development During and After World War Two,” Southern Labor Studies Association conference, New Orleans, March 3, 2013.