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Beverly Gage

Professor of History and American Studies and Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy, Yale University
Chapter Member: Connecticut SSN
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About Beverly

Gage’s expertise lies in U.S. political history in the 20th century, especially political ideology and institutions, social movements, grand strategy and political strategy, presidential and Washington politics, and the history of the FBI.


Protesting Wall Street: A Brief History

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Guest to discuss political trends on On Point, Beverly Gage, January 2, 2019.
Beverly Gage's research on mail bombs discussed by Lily Rothman, "Mail Bombs Rocked American Politics a Century Ago. Here's What a Historian Thinks That Moment Has to Teach Us," TIME, October 26, 2018.
"America Can Never Sort Out Whether ‘Socialism’ Is Marginal or Rising," Beverly Gage, The New York Times Magazine, July 17, 2018.
Beverly Gage's research on Josh Marshall, "King, There is Only One Thing Left for You to Do," January 15, 2018.
Interview on Trump's Twitter behavior Beverly Gage, PBS Newshour, June 29, 2017.
"Can Anyone Be Truly 'Independent' in Today's Polarized Politics?," Beverly Gage, the New York Times Magazine, May 23, 2017.
"In Firing Comey, Did Trump Unleash the Next Deep Throat?," Beverly Gage, New York Times, May 10, 2017.
Beverly Gage quoted on politics, "Historian Beverly Gage to Head Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy" Yale News, February 22, 2017.
"A ‘Resistance’ Stands against Trump. But What Will It Stand For?," Beverly Gage, New York Times, January 31, 2017.
"Reading the Classic Novel That Predicted Trump," Beverly Gage, New York Times, January 17, 2017.
"Who is the ‘Forgotten Man?’," Beverly Gage, New York Times, November 14, 2016.
Guest to discuss transition of power on PBS Newshour, Beverly Gage, October 20, 2016.
Guest to discuss FDR on CNN Politics, Beverly Gage, October 6, 2016.
Guest to discuss fear mongering as a political strategy on PBS News Hour, Beverly Gage, July 4, 2016.
Guest to discuss the mood and emotions of the electorate on PBS News Hour, Beverly Gage, January 26, 2016.
Beverly Gage quoted on faculty diversity by Alex Zhang, "In and Out: A Revolving Door for Yale's Professors of Color?" Yale Daily News, November 17, 2015.
"53 Historians Weigh in on Obama's Legacy," Beverly Gage, New York Magazine, January 11, 2015.
"What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals," Beverly Gage, New York Times, November 11, 2014.
"Internal Affairs: J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson," Beverly Gage, Slate, November 10, 2011.
"Lessons for Occupy Wall Street," Beverly Gage, Slate, November 2, 2011.
"Will Occupy Wall Street Movement Stand Apart from U.S. Party Politics?," Beverly Gage, PBS NewsHour, October 17, 2011.
"A Look at the History of Wall Street Protests," Beverly Gage, All Things Considered (NPR), October 7, 2011.
"The Unacknowledged Victories of the American Left," Beverly Gage, Sunday Book Review, The New York Times, September 16, 2011.
"How Will History View Obama’s Decision on Bin Laden?," Beverly Gage, PBS NewsHour, May 5, 2011.


G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the American Century (Viking, forthcoming).
Provides a comprehensive biography of J. Edgar Hoover, emphasizing his role in conservative politics and his influence as an architect of the American national security state.
"Terrorism and the American Experience" Journal of American History 98, no. 1 (2011): 73-94.
Analyzes terrorism’s varying dimensions in American history, from lynching and anti-capitalist violence through the Weather Underground and the Oklahoma City bombing.
The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror (Oxford, 2009).
Tells the story of the 1920 Wall Street explosion, once known as America’s worst terrorist attack. Explores the history of anti-capitalist and anti-Wall Street movements in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Analyzes early debates over the politics of terrorism.