Austin McCoy

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Graduate Student Research Fellow, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
Ph.D. Candidate, History

  • About

    Austin McCoy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History. He is working on a dissertation that analyzes progressives’ responses to deindustrialization and urban fiscal crises in U.S. Midwestern cities during the 1970s and 1980s. Austin’s project investigates progressives’ visions of economic democracy that emerged during a period of urban, regional, and global economic restructuring. His broader research interests include the study of social movements, African American politics, political economy, and the history of hip hop culture.

    During 2014-2015, Austin will visit multiple archives throughout the Midwest to complete his dissertation research. Much of these archives will be of progressive activists and organizations who devised economic analyses and plans to address plant closings and urban crisis during the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Education
    • BA, American History, Ohio State University, 2004
    • MA, American History, Kent State University, 2009