Brent Cebul

Brent Cebul is the Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Digital Humanities at the University of Richmond. In 2014-2015, Cebul was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Virginia in 2014, where he was also a Miller Center Dissertation Fellow. He continues to serve as an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture where he is a project investigator for the Thriving Cities Project and co-director of the workshop on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change. His current book manuscript, Developmental State: Business, Poverty, and Economic Empowerment from the New Deal to the New Democrats is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press for inclusion in its series, Politics and Culture in Modern America. Most broadly, Developmental State explores economic development policy, federalism, business history, and race to shed light on Americans’ shifting perceptions of the efficacy of the state and the market in structuring security, opportunity, and growth. His new book length project, tentatively titled “Bootstraps Nation: A History of Self Help in Modern America,” will deepen and extend this interest in the diffusion of popular economic knowledge by examining entrepreneurial self help literature from the perspectives of its authors and consumers. Cebul’s writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.