The Living New Deal Advisory Board

"Nation at Work"

"Nation at Work"
“Nation at Work”
Photo Credit: Callanan Middle School

Advisory Board members are high-profile public figures who believe in the New Deal as a great American legacy and a model for public spirited action today.

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. and has a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. He writes frequently for newspapers and websites such as the Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Guardian (UK), TruthOut, Financial Times and New York Daily News. He has written several books on the contemporary economy and the failures of federal policy, including The End of Loser Liberalism, Taking Economics Seriously, and False Profits.

John Roosevelt Boettiger is a retired professor of psychology who taught at Amherst College, Hampshire College and the California School of Professional Psychology.  He is the son of Anna Roosevelt Boettiger and John Boettiger, and the grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  As a child, he lived with his mother in the White House during World War II.  Later he lived and traveled with his grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt and joined her in work on behalf of the United Nations.  He is chairman of the board and president of the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.  He lives in the Bay Area and is currently editor of Reckonings: A Journal of Justice, Hope and History.

Sara Boettiger is an economist and social impact advisor concerned with improving the lives of the poor. She was formerly a Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is currently a Senior Advisor at McKinsey. She has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, as Chairman of CIMMYT (an international agricultural research center), and on the board of the Summit Community Institute. She is co-founder of a number of non-profits applying technology to meet the challenges of global poverty.  She has taught at UC Berkeley, where she received her Ph.D., and been a faculty fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.

Robert Chlebowski is Executive Vice-President for Distribution Strategies and Services at Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco.  He has a BA from Fairfield College CT,  an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and an MBA from the Stanford Business School.  A former economist with the US Treasury Department, Bob serves on the board of the Council for Economic Education and other charitable institutions.

James Galbraith is Professor of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, a member of the executive committee of the World Economics Association and director of the UT Inequality Project.  He has authored several books on economics and policy, including Inequality and Instability, Created Unequal, and The Predator State.   He is the son of New Deal economist John Kenneth Galbraith.

Nina Roosevelt Gibson is a granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt through their youngest son, John and his wife Anne Clark.  She spent much of her youth at Val-Kill and was close to Eleanor.  She is works as a psychologist with the children of abused and addicted parents.  She lives in Vail, Arizona.

Janet Roosevelt Katten is the youngest daughter of G. Hall Roosevelt and Dorothy Kemp Roosevelt, and is Eleanor Roosevelt’s niece.  As a child, she was a frequent guest of her aunt and uncle at the White House and at Val-Kill. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University and former Dean of The New School for Social Research.  He is currently president of the Social Science Research Council, and has previously served as president of the American Political Science Association and Social Science History Association.  He is the author of more than a dozen books on American cities, race relations and government, such as City Trenches, When Affirmative Action Was White, and most recently Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time.

William Leuchtenburg is widely regarded as the dean of New Deal historians for his the classic books, such as The Perils of Prosperity, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, and The FDR Years: Roosevelt and His Legacy.  He taught history at Columbia University for thirty years and served as president of president of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society of American Historians.  Today, he is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina and frequent advisor to Ken Burns, including the PBS series on the Roosevelts.

Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, and a former United States Secretary of Labor (named by Time Magazine as one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century).  He is the author of many books on public policy and the economy, including Beyond OutrageTales of a New America, Supercapitalism and The Work of Nations.  His latest book is Saving Capitalism: For the Many Not the Few.  He writes a widely-read blog on current politics and economic policy, appears weekly on NPR’s Marketplace, and recently filmed a documentary, “Inequality for All”.

Christina Romer is the Class of 1957 – Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.  She served as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers for the Obama administration in 2009-10 and is widely known for her research on the 1930s and monetary policy.

Curtis Roosevelt (deceased).  Curtis was the eldest grandson of Franklin and Eleanor and wrote many essays about them and his experiences growing up in the White House. A memoire,  Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor, was published in 2008.   He held a Masters Degree from Columbia University and worked as an administrator at the New School for Social Research and Columbia.  After that, he held posts at the United Nations and was head of Dartington College of Arts in England.  In retirement he lived in Mallorca and southern France with his wife, Marina.

Frank Roosevelt is a grandson of Franklin and Eleanor and son of FDR, Jr.   He is a graduate of Yale, Columbia and the New School for Social Research, where he earned a PhD. He served in the U.S. Navy, taught at Vas(sar and spent most of his career as professor of economics at Sarah Lawrence College – where he garnered the Lipkin Prize for ‘inspirational teaching’. In 2010, the New School conferred on him its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Roosevelt is widely published in economics journals and edited books,  and he is co-author of Understanding Capitalism: Competition, Command, and Change (2005). Roosevelt and his wife of over 50 years live in Manhattan, have three children and eight grandchildren, and enjoy spending summers in Maine.

David Rumsey holds a BA and MFA from Yale University and was lecturer at the Yale School of Art for years.  After moving to San Francisco, he began a new career in real estate, working with the General Atlantic Holding Company of New York. General Atlantic eventually became the Atlantic Philanthropies foundation.  In the 1980s, he began collecting maps of the 18th and 19th-century Americas and created one of the premier collections in the world, numbering some 150,000 maps, most of which have been digitized and are available for viewing on-line. He recently gave his collection to Stanford University and endowed the David Rumsey Map Center in the Green Library.  Rumsey lecturers widely about online libraries and archives.

Peter Wiley is former Chair of the Board, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers and now happily retired.  He is author of  The National Trust Guide to San Francisco and co-author of Empires in the Sun.

The Living New Deal Research Board

Casa Grande CCC Men

Casa Grande CCC Men, 1938
Casa Grande CCC Men  Source
Photo Credit: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection Public Domain

Research Board members are scholars and public intellectuals with expertise in New Deal history and preservation, who advise the Living New Deal team on research and policy questions.

Wendy Brown is Class of 1936 Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley.  She received her PhD from Princeton and has recently been a Senior Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a UC President’s Humanities Fellow.  She is author of many books on politics and governance, including Walled States/Waning Sovereignty, Regulating Aversion and Politics Out of History.  Her most recent book is Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution.

Elizabeth Blackmar is professor of history at Columbia University and has written two books on New York history, Manhattan for Rent, 1785-1859 and, with Roy Rosenzweig, The Park and the People: A History of Central Park.  Central Park was renovated and enhanced in the 1930s with New Deal support.

Sheila D. Collins is Professor of Political Science Emerita at William Paterson University and former director of the graduate program in Public Policy and International Affairs.  She is a co-founder of the National Jobs for All Coalition and on the International Advisory Board of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Studies.  She is the author of several books and many articles on American politics and policy.  Her latest book is When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal, co-edited and authored with Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg.

William Deverell is Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and Professor of History at University of Southern California. He is author of several books, including Whitewashed Adobe and Railroad Crossing, and editor of several more, such as Metropolis in the Making and California Progressivism.

Robin Einhorn is Preston Hotchkiss Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley.  She has a doctorate from the University of Chicago and is author of Property Rules and American Taxation, American Slavery.  She teaches American History and is a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Price Fishback is Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona and Executive Director of the Economic History Association.  He is an expert on the economic effects of the New Deal, on which he has written extensively.  He is co-author of Well Worth Saving: How the New Deal Safeguarded Home Ownership and is editor of Government and the American Economy: A New History.   His most recent article is “The Multiplier for Federal Spending in the States During the Great Depression” (co-authored) in the Journal of Economic History, which was awarded the journal’s prize for best article of the year.

Marta Gutman is Professor of Architecture at the Spitzer College of Architecture, City College of New York, and a professor of art history at The Graduate Center/CUNY.  She teaches architectural history and urban history and is the recipient of college teaching and service awards. Her book, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950, received the 2015 Kenneth Jackson Award from the Urban History Association and the 2017 Spiro Kostof award from the Society of Architectural Historians. She has written about the New Deal, arguing that the WPA pools were democratizing—stages for expanding and enhancing urban citizenship in New York City during the New Deal.

June Hopkins is professor of history at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, with a doctorate from Georgetown University.  She worked as a social worker in New York before becoming an historian.  She is the author of Harry Hopkins: Sudden Hero, Brash Reformer (1999) and ‘Jewish First Wife, Divorced’: The Correspondence Between Ethel Gross and Harry Hopkins (2003).  She is the granddaughter of Harry Hopkins.

Robert Leighninger is Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University, and currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.  Bob is the author of Long Range Public Investment: The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal, the first comprehensive study of New Deal public works as a whole, and Building Louisiana: The Legacy of the Public Works Administration.  Bob recently recorded an interview on the PWA in Louisiana for the website, Louisiana Anthology. He serves on the Living New Deal non-profit board of directors.

Don Mitchell is Professor of Geography at Uppsala University, Sweden. He was, for many years, Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Public Policy, Syracuse University.  He is an expert on the historical geography of the United States and a past recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant. Mitchell is the author of several books on geography, landscape, cities and agriculture, including Cultural Geography, Lie of the Land, They Saved the Crops, and The Right to the City.

Sharon Ann Musher is Associate Professor of History at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Her new book, Democratic Art: The New Deal’s Influence on American Culture (University of Chicago, 2015), examines the role of the 100,000 artworks produced under the auspices of the New Deal in transforming American society in the mid-20th century.

Joni M. Palmer is Adjunct Associate Professor in Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico.  Her interests focus on reading and writing landscapes; arts, culture and sustainable cities; and the relationship between academia and practice.  Her latest book is Public Art Encounters: Art, Space and Identity (with M. Zebracki)(Routledge, 2017).  She is a member of the American Society of  Landscape Architects and her professional practice experience includes urban park design, campus planning, and arts and cultural planning.

Eric Rauchway is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis and the author of The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace (2015) and The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (2008). He is currently writing about the critical period between Roosevelt’s election on November 8, 1932, and inauguration on March 4, 1933.  He received his doctorate from Stanford University in 1996.

Dani Rodrik is Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. He received his doctorate from Princeton, where he was previously at the Institute for Advanced Study.  He has received many awards and is currently president of the International Economics Assocation. His latest books are Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy (Princeton UP, 2017), Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science (Norton, 2015), and The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (Norton, 2011).

Jason Scott Smith is Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico, and holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the author of Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956 and A Concise History of the New Deal (Cambridge UP, 2014).

Nick Taylor is a non-fiction author who writes on a wide range of subjects. His history of the Works Progress Administration — American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA – is the only stand-alone account of the major jobs program of FDR’s New Deal.  American-Made won a Christopher award as a book that affirms “the highest values of the human spirit” and was named a “Notable Book” by the American Library Association.  He lives and works in New York City.

Michael Wallace is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the City University of New York, where he has taught since 1971, and the founder and former director of the Gotham Center for New York City History. With co-author Edwin G. Burrows, he won the Pulitzer Prize for History for Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898.  He is presently completing a second volume of that monumental history.

Mason Williams is the author of City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York (2013). His PhD dissertation in History from Columbia University was awarded the Bancroft Dissertation Prize. He has been a Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New York Historical Society and the New School and is presently a visiting assistant professor at Williams College.

The Living New Deal Non-Profit Board

Washington, D.C., March 25. The lowly anteater was immortalized at the Washington Zoo today when its statue was unveiled with appropriate ceremonies. The statue of bronze, six feet long, three feet high, was done by Edwin Springweiler. In the photograph, left to right: Edwin Springweiler, Dr. Alexander Wetmore of the Smithsonian Institution, who unveiled the statue, Head Keeper William Blackburn, and Dr. William M. Mann, Director of the National Zoological Park.

Anteater statue unveiled, 1938
The lowly anteater – New Deal sculpture at the National Zoo  SourcePublic Domain

The non-profit board of directors are past & present leaders of the Bay Area team

Gray Brechin, President
Harvey Smith, Vice-President
Alex Tarr, Treasurer
Richard Walker, Secretary
Rachel Brahinsky
Robert Leighninger

(For details on these board members, see the project team page)

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