Robert Self studies the history of politics and political culture in the post-World War II United States. His work to date has focused on the interaction among social movements, the state, and larger social and cultural shifts in American life in the decades since 1945. He has worked on the black freedom movement, gender and sexual politics, modern conservatism, urban history, and the complex and ongoing struggles over political commitment and engagement in the twentieth century.

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Born in North Carolina and raised and educated in the West, I have been fortunate to study and work in many different parts of the country. I teach and write about twentieth-century U.S. history, and my interests range widely over urban history, the history American politics and political culture, and American society and culture in the long post-World War II era. My first book, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton, 2003), won four professional prizes, including the James a. Rawley prize from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). My second book, All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy since the 1960s (Hill and Wang, 2012), is about gender, sexuality, and political culture in the U.S. from 1964 to 2004. My current project, called The Best Years of Our Lives, is about houses, cars, and children in the twentieth-century American economy. I am also the co-author of a college-level textbook, America's History, published by Bedford/St. Martin's.

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