The first book (under contract with UNC Press) details the colonial African roots to Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma (1944), a leading work of postwar racial liberalism in the US commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Unearthed from the Carnegie Corporation papers, I provide a genesis story to An American Dilemma 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, for which I am now writing the proposal, details when and why elite foundations such as the Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford foundations became particularly invested in the U.S. civil rights movement. Underscoring common (and yet too, distinct) patterns of behavior among the three leading philanthropies at the time, the book illustrates why in the latter half of the 1960s all three organizations became allies—albeit late, relatively insincere, and short-lived allies—of the U.S. civil rights movement.
Journal Articles and Articles in Edited Volumes:
"Private Organizations for the Public Good: The Democratic Value of Studying Private Foundations," (forthcoming).
“Further Analysis of Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma (1944) as a Swedish Text,” Humanity Journal (spring 2017).
“An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (Gunnar Myrdal, 1944).” America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History. Ed. Edward J. Blum. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2016. 57-60.
“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 Non-profit 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).
“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 (1927-2010), historian. American National Biography (forthcoming).
Popular Press Articles:
Ongoing contributions on HistPhil, a web publication on the history of philanthropy where I serve as co-founder and editor. A few examples include:
“In a Democracy, Is That Really a Social Problem?” (Sept. 2018).
“Sweden as Exemplar of Scientific Planning Philanthropy” (March 2018).
“Julius Rosenwald was Not a Hero” (June 2017).
Items: Insights from the Social Sciences (SSRC’s digital forum):
Zócalo Public Square (part of “What It Means to be American,” a joint project with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and with Arizona State University):
Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR):
“Moving Toward Multi-Dimensional Democracy” (July 2014).
“The Rockefeller Foundation’s Hand in Hobby Lobby” (August 2014).
The Atlantic Online, Business Section, Philanthropy in America Series (May 2014):
The Atlantic Online, Politics Section:
“Are Americans Really Champions of Racial Equality?” (April 2015).
“Myrdals amerikanska arv,” (Feb. 2013).
Joint Review of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. By Anand Giridharadas. Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better. By Rob Reich. HistPhil (2018).
Review of Forging a Laboring Race: The African American Worker in the Progressive Imagination. By Paul R. D. Lawrie. Journal of Social History (2017).
Review of Rockefeller Philanthropy and Modern Social Science by David L. Seim, Voluntary Sector Review (2016).
Review of No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy by Linsey McGoey, Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2016).
Review of Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power, and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism by Karen Ferguson, History: Reviews of New Books (2016).
“A Reconsideration of An American Dilemma,” Reviews in American History 40 (Dec. 2012).
Review of Racial Justice in the Age of Obama by Roy L. Brooks, Journal of American Ethnic History 32 (Fall 2012), 113-115.