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Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


Jason Stahl


178 Pillsbury Dr SE
203G Burton Hall


Office Hours:
Fall 2017: Wednesdays from 9:30am-noon or by appointment

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, history
M.A., University of Minnesota, history
B.A., Indiana University, history


Areas of Interest

20th Century U.S. Political, Policy
The Past, Present, and Future of Work, Labor, and Technology
Race in the U.S.


My primary work in OLPD is as an undergraduate educator. This work consists of three main components. First, I am a faculty leader of the College of Education and Human Development’s First-Year Experience (FYE) program. In this role, I help plan the curriculum and programming associated with the program. Additionally, I teach within this program – both our fall semester “First-Year Inquiry” course (EDHD 1525) and our spring semester Learning Communities. Secondly, I developed and teach OLPD 1231—Technological Change and Workplace Learning: Past and Present which looks at how various technologies have continually re-made workers and disciplined them into being “good workers” over the past 150 years, primarily in the United States. Finally, I teach OLPD 2811—Societies of the Future: Changing Work Contexts which looks at the present and possible futures of work. This course pays particular attention to how technology may be altering the nature of work.

My research up until this point is somewhat distinct from my main work of teaching and primarily deals with the history of political conservatism in the United States. My book Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture since 1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) is the culmination of this particular research agenda. I am currently researching the academic life of black male athletes at predominantly white institutions of higher education.

Selected Publications

  1. Stahl, J. (2016). Right moves: The conservative think tank in American political culture since 1945. University of North Carolina Press. Reviewed in: The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Times, and Washington Monthly.

  2. Stahl, J. (2016, May 7). Do we need a Socialist think tank? Jacobin.

  3. Stahl, J. (2016, April 27). Do conservative think tanks help to balance policy debates? Aeon.

  4. Stahl, J. (2015, October 12). Elizabeth Warren's giant leap for the left. Salon.

  5. Stahl, J. (2013, October 20). The Heritage Foundation has always been full of hacks. Salon.

  6. Stahl, J. (2012, March 13). Historicizing the conservative think tank. The blog of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History.

  7. Stahl, J. (2012). From without to within the movement: Consolidating the conservative think tank in the ‘Long Sixties.' In L. J. Gifford & D. K. Williams (Eds.), The right side of the sixties: Reexamining conservatism’s decade of transformation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press.

  8. Stahl, J., Soderstrom, M. (Eds.). (2012). Genealogies of Neoliberalism [Special Issue]. Radical History Review, Winter 2012(112).

Selected Presentations

  1. Stahl, J. (2015, April). Secondary sources in the survey course: Breaking the taboo of historiography for non-majors. A roundtable conversation at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historian.

  2. Stahl, J. (2009, August). Conservatives in a marketplace of ideas: Think tanks, interests, and expertise in the 1970s. A public lecture delivered at the Library of Congress.

  3. Updated September 13, 2017