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New Faculty 2015-2016

N. D. B. Connolly
Associate Professor

connolly_image_2015.pngN. D. B. Connolly is author of the award-winning book, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, 2014). The book, like much of his early work, explores the role of property rights and white supremacy in the development of U.S. political culture and transnational urban spaces. His current research includes a survey of black capitalism in the United States and a family history following three generations of West Indian migrants who moved from Jamaica to Britain and into the cities and suburbs of North America. In addition to publishing in scholarly venues, Prof. Connolly has offered commentary in the New York Times, on various television and radio outlets, and is a regular contributor to Talking Points Memo's history site, "Primary Source."

Cristel M. Jusino Díaz
Visiting Assistant Professor

jusino_pic_2015.jpgCristel M. Jusino Díaz completed her PhD in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She holds a Masters in Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures from NYU in Madrid and a BA in Latin American Studies from the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Río Piedras. Her dissertation, "Balance Prepóstumo: Queer Temporality and Latin American Literature, 1983-1993", focuses on questions of queer temporality in Latin American literature written during the HIV-AIDS crisis. Research interests include: queer theory, gender and sexuality, performance, activism, archives, popular culture and fútbol.

Elizabeth Mesok
Visiting Assistant Professor
mesok_pic_2015.jpgMy work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and US militarism, particularly the recruitment and service of women and people of color in the post-World War II era. Specifically, my book manuscript looks at the relationship between neoliberalism, liberal multiculturalism, feminism, and US militarism through an analysis of American female counterinsurgents’ gendered performances in Iraq and Afghanistan. A book length manuscript, drawn from ethnographic research with US servicewomen, is currently under exclusive review with UNC press. Additional works include “Affective Technologies of War: US Female Counterinsurgents and the Performance of Gendered Labor” (forthcoming in Radical History Review October 2015) and “Sexual Violence in the US Military: Feminism, US Empire, and the Failure of Liberal Equality” (forthcoming in Feminist Studies).

Prior to arriving at NYU, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Global American Studies at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, as well as a Seminar Associate in the Mahindra Humanities Center’s Seminar on Violence and Non-Violence. I teach courses on gender and militarism, women of color and transnational feminist theory and praxis, the social and political history of the US military, and the global history of US militarism.

Thomas J. Sugrue
sugrue_0058.jpgThomas J. Sugrue is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History. He received his B.A. from Columbia, M.A. from Cambridge, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard.

Sugrue’s research interests include the history of the United States in the twentieth century, urban politics and policy, civil rights, and race and ethnicity. He is currently writing a book on the history of the real estate in modern America. His publications include These United States: The Making of a Nation, 1890 to the Present (Norton, 2015); Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race (Princeton University Press, 2010); Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North (Random House, 2008), and The Origins of the Urban Crisis (Princeton University Press, 1996/2014). Sugrue has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, London Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, and The Nation.

Sugrue is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians. He is past President of the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association. He has received fellowships from the Carnegie Corporation Guggenheim Foundation, Fletcher Foundation, ACLS, Social Science Research Council, Institute for Advanced Study, American Philosophical Society, Brookings Institution, and National Endowment for the Humanities. He won the Bancroft Prize, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in History. From 1991 to 2015, Sugrue was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and was the founding director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum. Sugrue has given hundreds of public lectures worldwide and has been a visiting professor at Harvard, NYU, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.