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Kimberly Phillips-Fein

Kimberly Phillips-Fein

Associate Professor
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 in 2009 by W. W. Norton. 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 she has also published her own work. Professor 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. She is currently working on a new project about New York City in the 1970s.


Professor Kim Phillips-Fein published “Lessons from the Great Default Crisis of 1975” in The Nation (October 16, 2013); She published “New York’s Austerity Man,” a review of David Dinkins memoir, A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic in Public Books (December 13, 2013).  She was given a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars, Artists and Writers at the New York Public Library for 2014-2015 for work on her forthcoming book, Fear City: The New York City Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of the Age of Austerity. Also for work on Fear City, she received a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was appointed to a three-year term as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, beginning in 2014. She co-organized a conference, “Business and Politics in the Twentieth Century,” in November 2013 at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE. The conference essays will be collected and published by University of Pennsylvania Press.  


Contact Information

Kimberly Phillips-Fein

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 409
(212) 998-7317
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Office Hours
Monday Leave
Tuesday Leave
Wednesday Leave, 3:30-4:45
Thursday Leave
Friday Leave

Research and Teaching Interests

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

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