The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

3/21 – “The Liberal State in a Southern Cage: Reflections on the New Deal”

Thursday, March 21st                           4:30pm, Room 9206-7


Ira Katznelson, Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

Carol Nackenoff, Professor, Political Science Department, Swarthmore College


“The Liberal State in a Southern Cage: Reflections on the New Deal”


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Prof. Katznelson will be presenting for the 2012-2013 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series at the Graduate Center to be followed by commentary by Prof. Nackenhoff and group discussion.


The Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series is an interdisciplinary project focused on how democratic societies can be inclusive of a wide range of cultural practices and forms of expression while maintaining a commitment to respecting a secular public sphere, universal human rights, and women’s equality. Led by Dist. Prof. Carol Gould (Philosophy, Political Science), Prof. Ruth O’Brien (Political Science), Prof. Omar Dahbour (Philosophy), and Dist. Prof. Richard Wolin (History, Political Science, Comp. Literature), fourteen events exploring these issues will be held at the Graduate Center throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit the Mellon Sawyer Seminar website at:


Ira Katznelson (Ph.D., Cambridge, 1969) is an Americanist whose work has straddled comparative politics and political theory as well as political and social history. He returned in 1994 to Columbia, where he had been assistant and then associate professor from 1969 to 1974. In the interim, he taught the University of Chicago, chairing its department of political science from 1979 to 1982; and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, where he was dean from 1983 to 1989.