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Amy C. Offner

Assistant Professor of History

Amy C. OffnerAmy C. Offner (Ph.D. Columbia University) studies twentieth-century US history in global perspective, with special focus on Latin America.  Her research and teaching address the history of capitalism and political economy, empire and foreign relations, and social and intellectual history.

She is writing a book on Cold War anti-poverty programs, social conflict, and economic thought in the United States and Colombia.  The project is both a transnational history of social policy and a social history of economic thought.  It suggests that one way of understanding the route from the New Deal to the Great Society is by traveling through Latin America in the era of the Alliance for Progress.  It simultaneously illuminates the midcentury origins of neoliberalism, the rise of economists as public intellectuals, and the popularization of economic reasoning in the Americas.  Her next project explores the postwar transformation of industrial ownership, management, and labor in the First and Third Worlds.

Offner has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the United States and the Cold War within NYU’s Tamiment Library, and has received fellowships and grants from institutions including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the Inter-American Foundation, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Duke University Center for the History of Political Economy.  Before beginning graduate studies, she worked as a union organizer and an editor at Dollars & Sense, a magazine and book publisher analyzing economic affairs.  In 2008, she worked for the Landmine Survivor Network in Bogotá, Colombia.

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