McElroy, Micah

Field: United States; Advisor: Blackmar; Year: 2014

Micah McElroy is a doctoral student in United States History. He currently studies philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and capitalism in the twentieth century. His dissertation, “The Disruption of Philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1940-2010” examines how entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley created a style of philanthropy that differed from industrial tycoons of the past. In 2020, he designed and taught “The History of Philanthropy from the Gilded Age to the Present” at Columbia. Other research interests include the upper-class, conservatism, and inequality.

Micah earned his BA at the University of California, Berkeley with Highest Honors in 2013. At Berkeley, he researched the competition between consumer activists and business leaders over how to define and regulate corporate power in the 1970s. Before attending Columbia, Micah worked as the assistant managing editor of the Emma Goldman Papers in Berkeley, California. He has also interned with Columbia Community Services.

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