Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy
Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy. An historian by training, he has specialized in the explanation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. His book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000), was named the best book in U.S. history by both the American Historical Association and the Historical Society; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. A significantly revised and updated edition of The Right to Vote was published in 2009. His 1986 book, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts, was awarded three scholarly prizes. Keyssar is coauthor of The Way of the Ship: America’s Maritime History Reenvisioned, 1600-2000 (2008), and of Inventing America, a text integrating the history of technology and science into the mainstream of American history. In addition, he is coeditor of a series on Comparative and International Working-Class History. In 2004/5, Keyssar chaired the Social Science Research Council’s National Research Commission on Voting and Elections, and writes frequently for the popular press about American politics and history. Keyssar’s current research interests include election reform, the history of democracies, and the history of poverty.
“The American System in the World Depression, 1932-1941: The Case of the Coffee Trade” (Augustine Sedgewick)
“Politics of Property: Urban Democracy in the Age of Capital, Boston 1865-1900″ (Noam Maggor)
“Carrying the Mill: Steam, Waterpower and New England Textile Mills in the 19th Century” (Marti Frank)
Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts (Cambridge University Press, 1986), by Alexander Keyssar
The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (Basic Books, 2000), by Alex Keyssar