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Thomas J. Sugrue

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David Boies Professor of History and Sociology

Thomas J. Sugrue is David Boies Professor of History and Sociology. A specialist in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race, Sugrue was educated at Columbia; King's College, Cambridge; and Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1992. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President of the Urban History Association, and has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Institute for Advanced Study.  He is author of several books, including Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton University Press, 2010); Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North (Random House, 2008), a Main Selection of the History Book Club and a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and The Origins of the Urban Crisis (Princeton, 2005), winner of the Bancroft and several other prizes. Sugrue has won fellowships and grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Fletcher Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. His op-eds and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and in many other newspapers and magazines. Sugrue is an award-winning teacher and, outside the classroom, a scholar who combines research with civic engagement. Sugrue has also served an an expert in civil rights cases, including the University of Michigan affirmative action cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. 

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