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Guest, Dr Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Shadow Politics with Senator Michael Brown and Maria Sanchez

Guest, Dr Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Headlined Show, Shadow Politics August 2, 2020

Our guest is Loyola University Chicago's Dr. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer!
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Our guest is Loyola University Chicago's Dr. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer! On Sunday, Maria and I will discuss with Dr. Shermer the historical underpinnings of our capitalist and multi-cultural society. How did we get where we are today? What has been the role of business, labor and politics in the development of America?  Tune in and be part of this important conversation on our future. Call in to the show with your comments and questions to be part of the conversation on SHADOW POLITICS this Sunday. 

Guest, Dr Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Guest Name
Dr Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
Dr Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
Guest Occupation
Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Department of History
Guest Biography

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2009; B.A. University of Virginia, 2003) is an Associate Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses in twentieth-century United States history, with an emphasis on in the fields of capitalism, business, labor, political ideas and ideologies, regional development, and urbanization. She previously taught at Claremont McKenna College in California.

Shermer has written extensively on twentieth-century U.S. political and urban history.  She is the author of Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), editor of Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape (University of Arizona Press, 2013), and co-editor, with Nelson Lichtenstein, of The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of American HistoryAmerican Historical Association PerspectivesBloomberg NewsHuffington Post, and History News Network.  Her article “General Motors vs. General Electric,” November 26, 2012, History News Network, was recently named an “Editor’s Pick” for 2012.

Shermer was previously the assistant director at the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2005 to 2009.  She was also the Paul Mellon Fellow of American History at the University of Cambridge from 2010 to 2012 where she taught graduate-level American history courses and lectured in the US history survey. Shermer was the recipient of the 2011 Lancaster Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the runner-up for the 2011 Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities.  She was the student Commencement Speaker at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009.

Shermer currently serves as co-editor of the book series “American Business, Politics, and Society” at the University of Pennsylvania Press which explores the relationship between governmental institutions and the creation and performance of markets, firms, and industries. She is a contributor to’s Echoes Blog which places economic current events in historical perspective.  Shermer is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library.

Research Interests

Modern United States, capitalism, urban history, politics and public policy, labor and working-class history

Courses Taught

  • HIST 461: 20th Century America
  • HIST 212: U.S. Since 1865
  • HONORS: History of Recent Events (2012 Election)

Selected Publications

Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).

Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape, ed.(University of Arizona Press, 2013).

The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination, ed. with Nelson Lichtenstein (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

“Banking on Government” in Steven Conn (ed.), To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government (Oxford University Press, 2012).       

 “‘Take Government Out of Business by Putting Business into Government:’ Local Boosters, National CEOs, Experts, and the Internal Dynamics of Mid-Century Capital Mobility,” in Julian Zelizer and Kim Phillips-Fein (eds.), Business and Politics in Postwar America (Oxford University Press, 2012).

“Origins of the Conservative Ascendancy: Barry Goldwater’s Early Senate Career and the De-legitimization of Organized Labor,”Journal of American History 95 (December 2008), 678-709.

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Shadow Politics with U.S. Senator Michael D. Brown
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Shadow Politics is a grass roots talk show giving a voice to the voiceless. For more than 200 years the people of the Nation's Capital have ironically been excluded from the national political conversation. With no voting member of either house of Congress, Washingtonians have lacked the representation they need to be equal and to have their voices heard. Shadow Politics will provide a platform for them, as well as the millions of others nationwide who feel politically disenfranchised and disconnected, to be included in a national dialog.

We need to start a new conversation in America, one that is more inclusive and diverse and one that will lead our great nation forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century. At Shadow Politics, we hope to get this conversation started by bringing Americans together to talk about issues important to them. We look forward to having you be part of the discussion so call in and join the conversation. America is calling and we're listening… Shadow Politics is about America hearing what you have to say. It's your chance to talk to an elected official who has spent more than 30 years in Washington politics. We believe that if we start a dialog and others add their voices we will create a chorus. Even if those other politicians in Washington don't hear you — Senator Brown will. He's on a mission to listen to what America has to say and use it to start a productive dialog to make our democracy stronger and more inclusive. If we are all part of the solution we can solve any problem.

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