Conn's research focuses on putting current political and cultural debates into a deeper historical context. Overarching themes of his writing include urban history, the historical role of the government in American life, the use of American history in our current debates, and the history of institutions and higher education.
In the News
Explores how the fear of ethno-racial diversity and a strong streak of anti-government and anti-statism shaped the American response to the city. Looks at how these ideas shaped policy and places.
Discusses a collection of essays by leading American historians including Brian Balogh, Kevin Boyle and Tom Sugrue. Evaluates aspects of American life including transportation, housing, banking and finance, and traces the role the Federal government has played in developing those areas. Articulates an antidote to Tea Party fulminations that we were once a nation of “small government.”