Mary Ann Lippitt Professor of American History
Professor of History

Office Location

Sharpe House 320

Robert Self is Mary Ann Lippitt Professor of American History and Department Chair. A historian of modern American history, Self is the author of All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy since the 1960s (Hill and Wang 2012), a history of a half-century of gender and sexual politics in the United States, and American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton, 2003), an award-winning study of metropolitan politics featuring the simultaneous rise of the tax revolt and black power in California in the decades after World War II. A former Guggenheim and Burkhardt Fellow, Self is now at work on a book entitled "The Best Years of Our Lives: Houses, Cars, Children, and American Consumer Economics in the Twentieth Century," about the emergence, rise, and decline, over a century, of a nuclear-family-centered economic order in the United States. Additionally, with James Henretta, Eric Hinderaker, and Rebecca Edwards, he is the author of America’s History  a comprehensive college and AP High School U.S. history textbook.

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