Ian Toller-Clark

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
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Biography

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying Modern Conservatism in the Global Midwest. My dissertation tentatively titled, "Rust-Belt Conservatism: Reassessing the Problem of the American Right," examines how conservative Midwesterners through their reactions to economic and cultural changes influenced the transformation of partisan politics in the United States.

Research Interests

  • U.S. Political History
  • History of Modern Conservatism
  • History of Capitalism
  • Urban History

Research Description

My research focuses on the relationship between the "culture wars" and political economy in the United States from the 1960s through the 1990s. In particular, I study issues including abortion, income inequality, "welfare reform," deindustrialization, and the rise of the carceral state to better understand the transformation of our political culture.

Education

  • B.A. - American University, 2013
  • Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies - American University, 2013

Grants

  • Departmental Fellowship, History Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • Research Travel Grant, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 2015
  • Departmental Fellowship, History Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, History Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015

Courses

  • Instructor, Technology and Western Society, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2016
  • Instructor, U.S. and the World Since 1917, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2015