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United States political history
African American history
My research examines the political and social history of the United States during the twentieth century. I am particularly interested in how race and social movements have shaped modern American politics, policy, and political culture after 1945. My work explores the work and rhetoric of elected officials and bureaucrats in an effort to understand how politics shapes the lives of ordinary Americans. My current project is a political study of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller (1959-1973). Rockefeller's career serves as a lens for examining the fate of moderate Republicanism and the broader transformation of the political landscape after the successful passage of 1960s federal civil rights legislation.
PhD, History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
BA, History, Yale University
2012 Research Travel Grant, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
2011 Grant-In-Aid Research Grant, Rockefeller Archive Center
2010 Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Grant, New York State Archives
2010 Grant-In-Aid Research Grant, Rockefeller Archive Center
Awards and Honors
2019 Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar
2019 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
2015-2017 Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement Fellowship, Duke University
2014 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize, New York State Historical Association
HIST 287 African-American Women
HIST 293 The President and the People
HIST 394 Hidden Political Figures
HIST 488 The American Political Divide
Barrett, M. E. (2019). ‘Both Parties Hedging’: Reassessing Party Loyalty Among Black New York Voters, 1952-1961. Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, 40(2), 7-51.
Barrett, M. (2016). My First Year on the Tenure Track. Perspectives on History, 1-2.
Barrett, M. E., Geismer, L., Phillips-Fein, K., & Good, C. (2016). What is the State of American Political History? Process: a blog for american history.
Barrett, M. E. (2014, Jan). Nelson Rockefeller, racial politics, and the undoing of moderate Republicanism. Rutgers University. https://doi.org/10.7282/T36M34ZH