Assistant Professor of American Studies.
Goldstein's research interests include the study of globalization, neoliberalism, and social movements; comparative histories of imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism; modern liberalism and twentieth-century political culture; and social and political theory.
Worlds Within: Poverty and the Politics of Belonging, Goldstein's book forthcoming from Duke University Press,
examines poverty as a political consideration during the thirty years following World War II. This study demonstrates how the forms of knowledge and techniques of power animating U.S. domestic policy operated in conjunction with the global projection of modernization and political and economic development. This study thus focuses on community-based initiatives aimed at mobilizing participation of the poor in the planning and administration of programs on their behalf and highlights the protracted tension between"self-help" and "self-determination" that animated competing agendas for participation. An earlier draft of this manuscript was awarded the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize in 2005.
Goldstein is presently working on two manuscript projects: the first examines genealogies of contemporary U.S. colonialism through the lens of private property rights conflicts and uses of de jure equality; the second is a study of deinstitutionalization, community-based corrections, and the emergence of neoliberal governance in the U.S. during the 1970s.
Worlds Within: Poverty and the Politics of Belonging (forthcoming from Duke University Press)
Co-editor (with Alex Lubin), Settler Colonialism, a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly 107:4 (Fall
"Where the Nation Takes Place: Proprietary Regimes, Antistatism, and U.S. Settler Colonialism," South Atlantic
Quarterly 107:4 (Fall 2008).
"On the Internal Border: Colonial Difference, the Cold War, and the Locations of Underdevelopment," Comparative
Studies in Society and History 50:1 (January 2008)
"The Attributes of Sovereignty: The Cold War, Colonialism, and Community Education in Puerto Rico," in Imagining Our Americas: Toward a Transnational Frame, eds. Heidi Tinsman and Sandhya Shukla (Duke University Press, 2007)
AMST 180 Introduction to American Studies
AMST 285 American Life and Thought
AMST 309 Globalization and Social Movements
AMST 310 Cities, Suburbs, and Social Justice
AMST 510 Policing, Prisons and American Culture
AMST 510 The Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism
AMST 518 (Post)Colonial Theory and American Studies
AMST 600 Research Methods