Alumni (National Fellow)

Kimberly Phillips-Fein

National Fellow
B.A. University of Chicago (1997)
Ph.D. Columbia University (2004)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Bruce Schulman
Boston University
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Economic Policy
History of Capitalism


Kimberly Phillips-Fein an associate professor of history at NYU-Gallatin, where she 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 by WW Norton in 2009. 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 her work has also appeared. 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. Her 2017 book, “Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics” (Metropolitan Books), was a finalist for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Thesis Description:

Top-Down Revolution: The Birth of Free Market Politics in America and the Backlash Against the New Deal

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