Field: United States; Advisor: Blake
David Marcus is a PhD candidate focusing on twentieth-century U.S. intellectual and political history. His research interests include modern political thought, the history of social movements and political institutions in the North Atlantic, and American intellectual culture. His dissertation—“Fugitive Democracy: the 'Long New Left' and the Revival of Democratic Thought in America”—is a study of political thought and protest movements in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s. A Hofstadter Fellow from 2010 to 2015, he has taught in the Contemporary Civilization Program and recently helped edit a volume of Marshall Berman's essays, Modernism in the Streets.
Outside of Columbia, David is the literary editor of The Nation and editor-at-large of Dissent, where he was formerly co-editor. He also contributes essays on politics and literature to, among other places, The New Republic, Bookforum, and n+1.
“Men in Space: Tom McCarthy and the Novel of Disenchantment,” The New Republic
“Always Come Late! The Radical Life and Times of Irving Howe,” The New Republic
“States of Emergency: French and American Terror Politics,” (editorial note) Dissent
“Steady Work: On the Political Work Between the Long and Short Terms,” (editorial note) Dissent
“A Politics of Ambition: On the Sanders campaign and the Fight for $15,” (editorial note) Dissent
“Citizen Politics: The Left and the New Protest Movements,” (editorial note) Dissent
“The Soapbox Left: City Politics and the Left,” (editorial note) Dissent
“Optimism of Intellect: Little Magazines and the Left” (interview), Krytyka Polityczna