Brent Cebul is an assistant professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty at U-Penn, Brent was an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he taught modern U.S. political history, urban history, and the history of inequality and work. Cebul received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Virginia. In addition to publications in leading scholarly journals such as the Journal of American History (forthcoming 2018) and American Quarterly, his writing has appeared in The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, and The Atlantic’s CityLab.
The Rise of Antigovernment Governance: The Politics of Federal Economic Development and Local Business Mobilization, 1938-1994
Cebul’s dissertation, “The Rise of Antigovernment Governance: The Politics of Federal Economic Development and Local Business Mobilization, 1938-1994,” was a social and political history of local business leaders’ perceptions of the federal government’s proper role in fostering community and economic development from the New Deal through the early 1990’s. The project explored how business constituencies in the rural Sunbelt and de-industrializing Rustbelt created kindred public-private institutions that benefited from and sought to expand local, state, and federal developmental capacities. By illuminating the intertwined themes of localism and the evolution of fiscal federalism through the lens of the development policies of the New Deal, the Great Society, and Nixon and Reagan’s New Federalisms, the dissertation challenged assumptions about the decline of liberalism, the rise of conservatism, and business leaders’ embrace of neo-liberal policy prescriptions.