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Will Goldsmith,

Will Goldsmith

I specialize in the history of political economy, the postwar U.S., African American history, and public policy. 

My dissertation, “Kids, the New Cash Crop: The Promise and Limits of Educating for Economic Development in the New South,” traces how North Carolina—a rural Jim Crow state which long had the nation’s lowest manufacturing wages, abysmal educational attainment, and massive outmigration—became an emblem of the “New Economy,” focused on research, marketing, and financial services. Through archival government and nonprofit records, personal papers, and oral history, my work examines policy construction at the state level and its effects in the plantation belt, where rural white elites had long stymied equitable development. 

Before returning to school, I worked as a high school teacher in northeastern North Carolina and a journalist in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Education
Ph.D., History, Fall 2018 (Expected)
Duke University

Masters, History, Spring 2014
Duke University

Bachelor of Arts, Spring 2002
Yale University

Contact Info: 
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Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  https://sites.duke.edu/williamgoldsmith/

Teaching (Fall 2018):

  • HISTORY 156S.01, GTWY SEM: COLD WAR AMERICA Synopsis
    Carr 229, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as RIGHTS 156S.01)
Teaching (Spring 2019):

  • HISTORY 342.01, MAKING MODERN AMERICA Synopsis
    Carr 240, WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • HISTORY 344.01, U.S. SOCIAL MOVEMENTS Synopsis
    Carr 103, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as PUBPOL 344.01, RIGHTS 344.01)
Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications

  1. Goldsmith, W, How an N.C. writer and idea man changed my life, Raleigh News and Observer (April, 2018)
  2. Goldsmith, W, Review of Radford, Gail, The Rise of the Public Authority: Statebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth-Century America., H-Law, H-Net Reviews (December, 2014)


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