Alumni (National Fellow)

Anthony Chen

National Fellow
B.A. Rice University (1994)
Ph.D. University of California Berkeley (2001)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Thomas Sugrue
New York University
Fields of Interest:
African American History
American Political Development
Economic Policy
Social History
Urban History


Anthony S. Chen is associate professor of sociology and political science at Northwestern University. Chen is a political and historical sociologist, interested in the political development of public policy in the United States from the New Deal, and he has special interests in civil rights, social policy, and business-government relations. Chen is the author of The Fifth Freedom (Princeton), which offers a new account of how and why affirmative action emerged in employment. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology and the Journal of American History. Chen is a former co-editor of Studies in American Political Development. Chen received his B.A. from Rice University and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Soros Fellow and later a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research. Before joining the faculty at Northwestern, Chen was on the faculty for eight years at the University of Michigan.

Thesis Description:

From Fair Employment to Equal Opportunity and Beyond: Race, Liberalism, and the Politics of the New Deal Order, 1941-1971

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