Faculty Expert Profile
- Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History
- Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Nathan Connolly's work centers on racism, capitalism, politics, cities and migration in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in particular Jim Crow and the ideas of family, property and citizenship in the United States. As co-host of the weekly history podcast BackStory, Connolly frequently offers historical perspective on current events.
Red-lining is a key topic, and the subject of his first book, "A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida" (University of Chicago Press, 2014). In the book, Connolly highlights never-before-seen conflicts between tenants, urban landlords, homeowners, politicians, and property managers over how best to profit from Native Americans, Caribbean migrants, working-class whites, and the black poor.
His new book project, "Black Capitalism: 'The Negro Problem' and the American Economy," offers a sweeping account of how black economic success shaped the way Americans and immigrants understood the possibilities offered by capitalism in the United States.