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Kristoffer Smemo


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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 working-class political mobilization during and after the New Deal shaped the emergence of a 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

  • HIST 167Q: Labor Internship and Research Seminar


  • "The Little People’s Century: Industrial Pluralism, Economic Development, and Liberal Republicanism in California, 1942-1946”
    Journal of American History (forthcoming, March 2015)
  • “A ‘New Dealized’ Grand Old Party: Labor and the Emergence of Liberal Republicanism in Minneapolis, 1937-1939”
    Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 11: 2 (Summer 2014).

Conference Presentations

  • “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.
  • “The Contested Terrain of Liberalism: Labor and the Rise of Liberal Republicanism in Minneapolis, 1937-1938,” presented at the Organization of American Historians Conference, Milwaukee, WI, April 20, 2012.