Postwar Pluralism, Modern Psychology, and the Rise of Civil Rights

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

February 28, 2011
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Alan Petigny, 2010-11 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow; Associate Professor of History, University of Florida
Author of The Permissive Society: America, 1941-1965 (2009)

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Alan Cecil Petigny is a 2010-11 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, and is Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida, where he has taught since 2003. He is the author of The Permissive Society: America, 1941-1965, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He has written articles and review essays for such publications as the Journal of Social History, the Mailer Review, Reviews in American History, American Heritage Magazine, Historically Speaking, The Woodson Review, and The Canadian Review of American Studies.

He has previously held fellowships at both Princeton and Rutgers University and, on two occasions, he has been a visiting Professor at Korea University. In his year at Princeton he will focus on his next book, which examines the intersection between race, religion, and politics in America during the late sixties and early seventies.  

Before becoming an academic, he worked as a policy analyst for the U.S. Congress’s Joint Economic Committee. He was also an award-winning reporter for a public radio station based in Tampa, Florida, contributing material to both Florida Public Radio and National Public Radio.

He holds an M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Brown University.


Postwar Pluralism, Modern Psychology, and the Rise of Civil Rights


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Cosponsored by:

  • The Program in American Studies