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Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of History and former provost at Columbia University. A native of Washington, D.C., he was educated at Princeton and at Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in history in 1979. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1991, he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and the City University of New York Graduate Center. Among his publications are Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression (Knopf, 1982), which won the 1983 National Book Award; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War (Knopf, 1995); Liberalism and Its Discontents (Harvard, 1998); Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Oxford, 2009); and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century (Knopf, 2010). He is also the author of two widely-used college American history textbooks: American History: A Survey, now in its fourteenth edition; and The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People, now in its sixth edition. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared widely in scholarly journals and in such other publications as the New York Times Book Review and Magazine; the New York Review of Books; the New Republic; the New Yorker; the Times Literary Supplement; the London Review of Books; Time; Newsweek; Harper’s; and the Atlantic.
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Simon Schama, University Professor of Art History and History, was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge and taught at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard before coming to Columbia in 1993. His courses have addressed the British Empire , English and French art and politics, the Gothic Revival in England , Ruskin, and Victorian culture. Publications include: A History of Britain (3 vols., 2000–2002); Patriots and Liberators (1977); The Embarrassment of Riches (1987); Citizens (1989); Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations (1991); Landscape and Memory (1995); Rembrandt’s Eyes (1999); Hang-Ups: Essays on Painting (Mostly) (2004); and Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution (2006), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction in 2007. His award-winning 15-part television series, “A History of Britain,” was broadcast on the BBC and the...
He is author and editor of ten books including A Once Charitable Enterprise (Cambridge University Press, 1982, 2004; Princeton University Press, 1987), "Hives of Sickness," Epidemics and Public Health in New York City (Rutgers University Press, 1995), and Health Care in America: Essays in Social History (with Susan Reverby). In addition, he has co-authored and edited with Gerald Markowitz numerous books and articles, including Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease in Twentieth Century America, (Princeton University Press, 1991; 1994; University of Michigan, 2005), Children, Race, and Power: Kenneth and Mamie Clarks' Northside Center, (University Press of Virginia, 1996; Routledge Press, 2001); Dying for Work, (Indiana University Press, 1987) and "Slaves of the Depression," Workers: Letters About Life on the Job, (Cornell University Press, 1987). He and Gerald Markowitz have authored Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution (University of California Press/Milbank, 2002) and Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11 (University of California Press/Milbank, 2006). He edited The Contested Boundaries of Public Health, (with James Colgrove and Gerald Markowitz) which appeared from Rutgers University Press in 2008. His newest book, titled Lead Wars, The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children, (University of California Press/Milbank Fund, 2013) details the recent conflicts over studies of children placed in homes with low level lead exposure and the issues it raises for the history of science and public health about what is risk and what we consider a danger in modern America.