Gail Radford

PhD

Gail Radford

Gail Radford

PhD

Gail Radford

PhD

Professor
Director of the Master's Program

Fields

20th century United States History; Political History; Social and Cultural History; Urban History; History of Public Policy

Contact Information

583 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8428

radford@buffalo.edu

Education

  • PhD, Columbia, 1989

Courses Regularly Taught

HIS 162: U.S. History from Reconstruction to the Present
HIS 310: 20th Century U.S. Political History
HIS 386: New Deal America
HIS 440: American Cold War History
HIS 491: U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s
HIS 503: Graduate Core Seminar in American History, Part 2
HIS 549: 20th Century U.S. Political History
HIS 630: Graduate Research Seminar in 20th Century U.S. History

Research Interests

20th century U.S. public policy, political economy, urban history, and social movements

Selected Publications

Books

The Rise of the Public Authority: Statebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Modern Housing for America: Policy Struggles in the New Deal Era (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Journal Articles

“From Municipal Socialism to Public Authorities: Institutional Factors in the Shaping of American Public Enterprise,” Journal of American History, v. 90 n. 3 (December 2003).

“William Gibbs McAdoo, the Emergency Fleet Corporation, and the Origins of the Public-Authority Model of Government Action,” Journal of Policy History, v. 11, n. 1 (1999).

“The Federal Government and Housing During the Great Depression,” in John F. Bauman, et al., eds., From Tenements to Taylor Homes: In Search of an Urban Housing Policy in Twentieth-Century America (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000).

 

Awards

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2017-2018
  • Urban History Association Kenneth Jackson Award for best book in North American Urban History, 2013
  • Milton Plesur Teaching Award from the UB Undergraduate Student Association, 2013
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Residential Fellowship, 2004-05
  • OAH Binkley-Stephenson Award for best article in Journal of American History in 2003
  • NEH Fellowship for University Teachers 1999
  • ACLS Fellowship 1999