Alex Keyessar
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Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
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Alexander Keyssar

Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy; Area Chair, Democracy, Politics, and Instituions, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard University. An historian by training, he has specialized in the explanation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. His book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000), was named the best book in U.S. history by both the American Historical Association and the Historical Society; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. A significantly revised and updated edition of The Right to Vote was published in 2009. His 1986 book, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts, was awarded three scholarly prizes. Keyssar is coauthor of The Way of the Ship: America’s Maritime History Re-envisioned  1600-2000 (2008), and of Inventing America, a text integrating the history of technology and science into the mainstream of American history. In addition, he edited a series on Comparative and International Working-Class History. In 2004/5, Keyssar chaired the Social Science Research Council’s National Research Commission on Voting and Elections, and writes frequently for the popular press about American politics and history. Keyssar’s current research interests include election reform, the history of democracies, and the history of poverty.

Experience:

William K. Boyd Professor of History and Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
Fulbright Senior Specialist, Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon
John S. Guggenheim Fellow
Fellowship for University Teachers , National Endowment for the Humanities

Education:

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1977
B.A., English Language and Literature, summa cum laude, Harvard College, 1969

Publications:

The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States, revised and updated edition (Basic Books, 2009). 

The Way of the Ship, with Alex Roland and W. Jeffrey Bolster (John Wiley and Sons, 2008)

Inventing America: A History of the United States, 2nd edition, with Daniel Kevles, Pauline Maier, and Merritt Roe Smith, January 2006, Norton.

Inventing America: A History of the United States, with Daniel Kevles, Pauline Maier, and Merritt Roe Smith, 2002, Norton.

The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States, paperback edition with an afterword on Election 2000 (July, 2001).

Additional Issues: Immigration, Labor, Political Organizing, Poverty, Unemployment

News Items By: Alexander Keyssar

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  • Budget and Tax Policy
  • Business
  • Campaign Finance & Elections
  • Clean Energy
  • Climate Change
  • Demographics
  • Economic Theory
  • Environmental Protection
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Globalization
  • Labor Force
  • Local Elections
  • Miscellaneous
  • Monetary Policy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Political Theory
  • Race in America
  • Redistricting
  • Social Investment
  • Supreme Court
  • Sustainability
  • The Federal Reserve
  • The Media
  • Voter Eligibility
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