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Timothy Edward Shenk Faculty Member

I am a historian of the modern United States, with a particular focus on the intersections of political and intellectual history. My first book, a biography of the Cambridge economist and communist Maurice Dobb, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2013. I am currently finishing my second book, a biography of the American political elite from the writing of the Constitution down to the presidency of Donald Trump. Tentatively titled Democracy’s Revenge: The People, The Powerful, and the American Political Tradition, it will be published in 2022 with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. I am also at work on my third book. Based on my dissertation and under contract with Princeton University Press, it examines the emergence of the idea of “the economy” in the United States during the twentieth century. Before coming to GW, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis and a National Fellow at New America. My work has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Jacob K. Javits fellowship program, among others. My writings have appeared in a number of outlets, including the New York Times, the Nation, the New Republic, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Jacobin, and Dissent, where I am co-editor.

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