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Kimberly Phillips-Fein

Professor
kpf2@nyu.edu
(212) 998-7317
1 Wash Pl, Room 409

Office Hours
Tuesday By Appt and Leave
Thursday By Appt and By Appt and Leave

B.A., History, University of Chicago, 1997
Ph.D., American History, Columbia University, 2005

Kimberly Phillips-Fein is a historian of twentieth-century American politics. She teaches courses in American political, business, and labor history. Her first book, Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan, was published by WW Norton in 2009. She has contributed to essay collections published by Harvard University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, and Routledge and to journals such as Reviews in American History and International Labor and Working-Class History. She is a contributing editor to Labor: Studies in Working-Class History in the Americas, where her work has also appeared. Phillips-Fein has written widely for publications including The Nation, London Review of Books, New Labor Forum, to which she has contributed articles and reviews. Her 2017 book, Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics (Metropolitan Books), was a finalist for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History.  

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases

2021

New York's Post-COVID Recovery

For The New York Times, Kim Phillips-Fein wrote “New York City's Post-Covid Recovery,” an Op-Ed on how New York can become a more equitable city, post-pandemic.

Grants & Fellowships

2020

Faculty Fellowship

Kimberly Phillips-Fein was awarded a Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship for her current book project which analyses the defenses of economic inequality advanced by American business leaders and economic writers.

Awards & Honors

2018

Fear City Named as 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics (Metropolitan Books, 2017) by Kim Phillips-Fein was named as a 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

Books

2017

Publishers Weekly Names Kim Phillips-Fein's Fear City One of Best Books in 2017

Kim Phillips-Fein's Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics was released from Metropolitan Books and was named as one of the 10 best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly.

2009

Kimberly Phillips-Fein's Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal

Kimberly Phillips-Fein's Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal was published by W. W. Norton & Company.

Teaching and Research Interests

history of economic thought; American economic and political history; business and labor history  

Recent News

Professor Kimberly Phillips-Fein's book Fear City: The New York City Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of the Age of Austerity was a finalist for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History, among many others honors.

Phillips-Fein's "How Employers Broke Unions by Creating a Culture of Fear" appeared in The Washington Post.

Kimberly Phillips-Fein