Jacob Anbinder

Jacob Anbinder

2019-20 CAPS Study of the American Republic Fellow
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Cities of Amber: Antigrowth Politics and the Making of Modern Liberalism, 1960-1996

My project focuses on the complex political movement against urban growth that emerged in wealthy American cities in the late twentieth century and its role in redefining liberalism after the Great Society. This movement, which I call antigrowth politics, sought to limit suburban sprawl, urban high-rise construction, and gentrification in the name of community stability and neighborhood self-determination. The CAPS Dissertation Research Fellowship will enable me to move to a more comprehensive stage of my work by giving me the flexibility to conduct research in several cities in a relatively short period of time, thus allowing me to demonstrate the full scope of antigrowth politics and its national impact on liberalism.