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David Huyssen

David Huyssen

Part-time Faculty
A.B. History and Literature, Harvard University, 2002
M.Phil. U.S. History, Yale University, 2008
Ph.D. U.S. History, Yale University, 2011

David Huyssen is a historian of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, specializing in the political economy and culture of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is the author of Progressive Inequality: Rich and Poor in New York, 1890-1920 (Harvard University Press, 2014: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674281400 ). The book tells stories of rich and poor New Yorkers colliding in contexts that range from urban reform, charity work, and architectural development, to employer violence, labor sabotage, and mob action. By focusing on these lived encounters between the wealthy and workers, Progressive Inequality recovers the history of inequality's reproduction during the Progressive Era, opening a window onto economic and social debates in our own time. Before joining the faculty at NYU Gallatin, Dr. Huyssen taught at the New School as the New-York Historical Society's Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow, as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University, and as Lecturer in U.S. history at Yale. He holds an A.B. from Harvard, and received his Ph.D. from Yale in 2011, where his dissertation won the Stephen Vella Prize. His research and writing have also won awards from several other institutions, including the Tobin Project, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.


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David Huyssen

Part-time Faculty



2014 Fall

Debating Capitalism in America
Fri 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

political economy of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries; capitalism; class relations; urban history; social movements and reform; society and culture of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; New York City

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