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Brent Cebul completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia in 2014, and he is a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. At the Institute, he is a principal investigator for the Thriving Cities Project and a co-director of the Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change. His work considers shifts in Americans’ perceptions of the efficacy of the federal government and the free market in shaping economic opportunity in the post-Civil Rights era. He is concerned with the relationship between individuals’ self perceptions, the persistence of localism within American federalism, and changes over time in how Americans have viewed the national government’s proper role in enhancing or limiting economic opportunity, particularly for marginalized or impoverished citizens.
Brent holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. His book Developmental State: Business, Poverty, and Economic Empowerment from the New Deal to the New Democrats is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press.