2012
Alumni (National Fellow)

Jack Epstein

National Fellow
Degrees:
Ph.D. Ohio University (2012)
Dream Mentor:
Daniel Ernst
Georgetown University Law
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Education
Labor
Legal History

Bio:

Jack Epstein is an award-winning educator at the university level, with twenty years of experience in teaching, researching, and writing about history, public policy, and the law. Epstein earned graduate degrees in law, information and library science, and American history. Epstein’s areas of special substantive interest include education policy, federal criminal law, labor law, and electronic surveillance/data privacy law and policy. Epstein is a recipient of numerous graduate student grants, both at Ohio University and nationally, including the Baker Peace Prize and a one-year fellowship at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

Thesis Description:

Behind the Menancing Racket: Organized Labor, Federal Anti-Racketeering Policy, and the Law and Order Origins of the Modern American State, 1927-1970
Jack Epstein’s dissertation, “Behind the Menancing Racket: Organized Labor, Federal Anti-Racketeering Policy, and the Law and Order Origins of the Modern American State, 1927-1970,” promises to recast the history of the New Deal state and its policy and political legacies by exploring the emergence of federal racketeering laws. Conservatives up to the 1970’s, he contends, used these mechanisms to undermine the New Deal state by fostering competition and resisting federal intervention in labor markets. Epstein’s project challenges traditional assumptions about the development of political ideologies.

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