Lily Geismer, Ph.D.

Lily Geismer's teaching and research focuses on the intersections of political realignment, public policy, grassroots social movements and metropolitan history since World War II. Her first book Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party will be released in December 2014. She is currently beginning work on a new project that will examine the privatization of public policy, and the increasing promotion of market-based and individualist ideology to address social inequality by both political parties since the 1960s.

Selected Research and Publications

  • Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberalism and the Transformation of the Democratic Party, Princeton University Press, 2015
  • “Good Neighbors for Fair Housing: Suburban Liberalism and Racial Inequality in Metropolitan Boston,” Journal of Urban History (May 2013 vol. 39 no. 3), 454-477
  • “More Than Megachurches: Liberal Religion and Politics in the Suburbs” in Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in the 20th Century United States, ed. Andrew Preston, Bruce Schulman, and Julian Zelizer forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015
  • “Kennedy’s Liberalism” in A Companion to John F. Kennedy, ed. Marc Silverstone, Wiley-Blackwell 2014
  • “Overcoming the Gender and Political History Divide: Teaching and Studying Post-1945 United States History,” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association (March 2012): 28-30.

Selected Awards and Affiliations

  • Arnold L. Graves and Lois S. Graves Award in the Humanities, 2014-2015
  • Urban History Association Board of Directors, 2014-16
  • Co-Host, Urban History Association Podcast, 2014-present
  • Co-organizer, Los Angeles History & Metropolitan Studies Group, Huntington Library, 2012-present

Lily Geismer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan; B.A., Brown University
Department: History
Office Hours:
  Tuesday, 01:30PM - 02:30PM
  Thursday, 01:30PM - 02:30PM
Phone: (909) 607-2933
Address: Kravis Center 210
Curriculum Vitae: CV

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