Steven Attewell is an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the City University of New York’s Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. He received his PhD in Policy History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2013.
His forthcoming book from University of Pennsylvania Press, People Must Live By Work, examines the history of job creation programs from the depths of the Great Depression through to the debates over the Employment Act of 1946 and within the task forces of the War on Poverty, to the final end of federal intervention in the aftermath of the Humphrey-Hawkins Act of 1978. His next research project is on the history of policy thought on the minimum wage in four eras: the Era of Expansion (1938-1968), the Era of Inflation (1969-1979), the Era of Inaction (1980-1992), and the Era of the Living Wage Movement (1992-present).
When not writing about U.S social and economic policy, Attewell writes about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture on everything from Game of Thrones to the Marvel Universe.