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David Huyssen
Senior Lecturer in Modern History



BA (Harvard), MA/MPhil (Yale), PhD (Yale)

David Huyssen is a Senior Lecturer in American History, specialising in the history of U.S. political economy and urban life, particularly that of New York City. His research interests extend to all aspects of global capitalism from the 19th century to the present, and he has commented on the history of inequality and capitalism for BBC News, Deutsche Welle radio, and Le Monde. He has also enjoyed research funding from The Tobin Project, the Mrs. Giles F. Whiting Foundation, and the New-York Historical Society, and is currently writing a history of Alfred Winslow Jones, the socialist inventor of the modern hedge fund.

David joined the department at York in 2015, having taught previously at Yale, Wesleyan, the New School, and New York University in the USA.

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Dr David Huyssen
Vanbrugh College V/A/210
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 4881, External (01904) 324881

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David has mainly written on the history of U.S. political economy, class relations, and urban life. His book, Progressive Inequality (2014), tells stories of rich and poor New Yorkers colliding from 1890 to 1920 in contexts that range from urban reform and architectural design to employer violence and mob action.

Rather than delivering contiguous narratives of bourgeois or working-class experience, these stories re-frame U.S. class history as a set of interwoven encounters and ideas, revealing clear continuities in U.S. class relations over time. The book blends methods from social, cultural, women’s, and business history; David would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduates interested in these areas of U.S. history.

He is writing a history of capitalist development from the late 19th through the 20th centuries, built around the life of Alfred Winslow Jones (1900-1989), the socialist inventor of the modern hedge fund.