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Sean Dinces

I completed my M.A. in Urban Education Policy (2013) and Ph.D. in American Studies (2014) as part of the first cohort of Brown’s Open Graduate Education Program. From 2014-2016, I taught in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am currently an Assistant Professor of History at Long Beach City College, just south of Los Angeles, and am finishing up a book on the urban and economic history of sports stadium development in Chicago since 1970.


Education: B.S., History, U.S. Naval Academy (2004); M.A., History University of California-San Diego (2006); M.A., Urban Education Policy, Brown University (2013); Ph.D., American Studies, Brown University (2014) Brown

Dissertation Committee: 

Elliott Gorn (chair, History)
Robert Self (History)
John Logan (Sociology)
Larry Bennett (Political Science, DePaul University) 

Research Interests: American Economic, Social and Political History Since 1945; Political Economy; Urban Studies 

Selected Publications:

“The 1932 Olympics and Urban Capitalism in Interwar Los Angeles.” In Los Angeles Sports, edited by David Wiggins and Wayne Wilson. Fayetteville, AK: University of Arkansas Press. Forthcoming. 

(co-authored with Christopher Lamberti). “Sports and Blue-Collar Mythology in Neoliberal Chicago.” In Neoliberal Chicago, edited by Larry Bennett, Roberta Garner, and Euan Hague. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2016. 

“ ‘Nothing but Net Profit’: Property Taxes, Public Dollars, and Corporate Philanthropy at Chicago’s United Center.” Radical History Review no. 125 (May 2016): 13-34 

“The Attrition of the Common Fan: Class, Spectatorship, and Major-League Stadiums in Postwar America.” Social Science History 40, no. 2 (2016):339-365.  

Current Contact Information: sdinces@lbcc.edu