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Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

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PhD Completed
Shermer defended her dissertation on May 22nd, 2009. She will file it shortly.

2009 Graduate Student Commencement Speaker
Shermer will be this year's commencement speaker at the June 14 ceremonies for those receiving graduate degrees. Her talk will consider the legacy of Clark Kerr, the UC President who refounded the University in the 1950s and 1960s. Click on title for text

Visiting Assistant Professor Appointment, Claremont McKenna College
Shermer has accepted a visiting assistant professor appointment at Claremont McKenna College.



United States History


Ph.D. 2009
B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., University of California Santa Barbara


Of the American Sunbelt cities, none burned brighter or contributed more to the conservative revival than Phoenix, Arizona. In 1910, there were but 11,000 in this small town. Now, this metropolis is a part of a metropolitan region of over four million people. This dramatic growth tells us much about the character and history of the Sunbelt Right and the political economy that sustained it. In the 1930s government expansion, union power, and New Deal economic policy traumatized Barry Goldwater and other members of the Phoenix business elite. They rightly feared that the future of a new Phoenix might well proceed along lines New Deal planners, locally-oriented businesses, and Arizona trade unionists had etched. (more...)

Dissertation Title

  • Creating the Sunbelt: The Political and Economic Transformation of Phoenix, Arizona

Teaching Fields

  • Twentieth century history
    with special interests in the histories of American capitalism, the modern Right, political ideas and ideologies, labor, regional development, and urbanization

Courses Taught

  • HIST 102 ES: History of the American Right, 1932-present
    Summer 2008, Session B. This course aims to introduce students to the latest work on the modern Right, which grew in numbers and strength during the supposedly liberal postwar period.
  • History 167Q: Labor Studies Internship Seminar
    Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007.
  • History 167CP: Proseminar in American Working Class History
    Spring 2009

Teaching Assistantships

  • HIST 167CB: The American Working Class Since 1900
    Fall 2005, Winter 2007
  • HIST 17C: The American People, WWI to the Present
    Summer 2005
  • HIST 17B: The American People, Sectional Crisis through Progressivism
    Summer 2004, Winter 2005, Summer 2007
  • HIST 17A: The American People: Colonial through Jackson Era
    Fall 2004
  • HIST 7: Great Issues in the History of Public Policy
    Spring 2005

Publications

Awards

  • 2009 University Service Award
    University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2009 Robert O. Collins Prize for the Best First Publication by a Graduate Student
    Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2009 Dixon-Levy Service Award
    Graduate Student Association, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2006-2007 Dixon-Levy Award for Outstanding Personal Service
    Graduate Student Association, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching Award, Teaching Associate
    Graduate Student Association, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2006-2007 William H. Ellison Prize for the Best Graduate Student Research Paper
    Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2006-2007 Van Gelderen Graduate Prize for History of the American West
    Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2006-2007 Research Mini-Grant
    Labor and Employment Research Fund
  • 2005-2006 Dick Cook Memorial Fellowship for Outstanding Service
    Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2006 Redd Center Summer Award for Upper Division and Graduate Students
    Charles Redd Center for Western Historical Studies, Brigham Young University
  • 2004-2005 Thesis Fellowship
    Labor and Employment Research Fund
  • Doctoral Scholars Fellowship (Five year fellowship starting Fall 2003)
    University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected Presentations

  • "Creating the Sunbelt: The Political and Economic Transformation of Phoenix, Arizona"
    The History of Capitalism in the United States Graduate Student Conference at Harvard University, November 7, 2008
  • “Phoenixization?: The Growth of Phoenix Business Elites’ Power and Prestige in the Republican Party and American Business Community”
    Urban History Association, Houston, Texas, November 8, 2008
  • “Creating a Corporate Oasis in the Desert: The Conservative Mobilization and Re-Envisioning of Phoenix, AZ”
    2007 PCB-AHA, Honolulu, Hawai`i, July 26, 2007
  • “Counter-Organizing the Sunbelt: Right to Work Campaigns and Anti-Union Conservatism, 1943-1958”
    2007 Organization of American Historians, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 26, 2007
  • “Courting Labor and Breaking Ranks: Barry Goldwater’s Early Senate Campaigns and Assault on Organized Labor”
    2006 Policy History Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 2, 2006

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