The first book focuses on the global and imperial roots of Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma (1944), a text commissioned and funded by the Carnegie Corporation and one of the most famous texts identified with post-World-War-II transformation of U.S. civil rights. Detailing networks of U.S. philanthropic managers and their advisers and social researchers analyzing white-black relations in colonial Africa and the United States, the book provides a genesis story to Myrdal’s 1944 text that is less about racial equality in the U.S. (as many Americans would like to remember the study) and more about racial control across the Atlantic.
The second book explores when and why elite foundations such as the Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford foundations became especially invested in the U.S. civil rights movement. Much as with the first book, the second book project moves beyond idealized and hegemonic images of these private foundations chartered to provide the human, fallible, and imperfect reasons why, when, and how these foundation leaders became particularly engaged with white-black relations in the 20th century.
"Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma (1944) as a Swedish Text: A Further Analysis," Humanity (Spring 2017).
"Swedish Roots to Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma (1944)," in Race, Ethnicity and Welfare States: An American Dilemma?, eds. Sonya Michel, Pauli Kettunen, and Klaus Petersen (Northhampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015).
"Reassessing Hannah Arendt's 'Reflections on Little Rock' (1959)," Law, Culture, and the Humanities 10(1) (Feb. 2014).
"A Transatlantic Perspective on Philanthropy and Charity in the Swedish Welfare Model," in Nonprofit och välfärden [The Nonprofit Sector and the Welfare State], eds. Kurt Almqvist, Viveca Ax:son Johnson, and Lars Trägårdh (Stockholm, Sweden: Ax:son Johnson Foundation Press, 2013).
“A Reconsideration of An American Dilemma,” Reviews in American History 40 (Dec. 2012).
"The Civil Commitment of State Dependent Minors: Resonating Discourses that Leave Her Heterosexuality and His Homosexuality Vulnerable to Scrutiny," New York University Law Review 81 (2006).
"Karl, Barry," in American National Biography, ed. Susan Ware (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
"Myrdal, Gunnar (An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy, 1944)," in Dictionary of American History, Supplement: America in the World, 1776 to the Present, ed. Edward J. Blum (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2016), 57-60.
Popular Press Publications:
The Atlantic, Contributor, "How Should Philanthropies Respond to Emergencies" (May 2014); "Philanthropists and the White House: Who's the Boss?" (May 2014); "The Right and the Wrong Way to Privatize Science" (May 2014); "Would Philanthropies Today Fund W.E.B. Du Bois's Encyclopedia Africana?" (May 2014); "Are Americans Really Champions of Racial Equality?" (April 2015).
“Myrdals amerikanska arv,” Axess Magasin 1 (Feb. 2013).