:: CHAIR: Roberts, Jennifer L
Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy. An historian by training, he has specialized in the excavation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. His 1986 book, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts, was awarded three scholarly prizes. 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 revised and significantly updated edition of The Right to Vote was published in 2009. Keyssar is co-author of The Way of the Ship (2008), a history of shipping in America, and of Inventing America, a text integrating the history of technology and science into the mainstream of American history. He is also 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. Keyssar's current research interests include election reform, the history of democracies, and the history of poverty.
Professor Keyssar is serving, and/or has served, on the following American Civilization dissertation committee(s):
“Carrying the Mill: Steam, Waterpower and New England Textile Mills in the 19th Century” (Marti Frank)