Anthony S. Chen

Anthony Chen Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science

Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
1810 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60208-1330

Office Address:
1808 Chicago Avenue, Room 105
Phone: (847) 467-0515

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Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

American Political Development/Public Policy (since the New Deal)
Historical Sociology
Economic Sociology
Racial Inequality


Anthony S. Chen is Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Northwestern University and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. He is interested in American political development and public policy since the New Deal, with a special focus on the politics of social policy, civil rights, health care, and economic regulation.

Chen’s first book, The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972 (Princeton, 2009), was co-winner of the Gladys M. Kammerer Award (2010) from the American Political Science Association (APSA), co-winner of the J. David Greenstone Award (2010) from the APSA’s Politics and History Section, winner of the Best Book Award (2010) from the APSA’s Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section, and winner of the President's Book Award (2008) from the Social Science History Association. In collaboration with Lisa Stulberg, he is writing a new book (under advance contract with Princeton) on the origins and development of affirmative action in college admissions. He is beginning new research that explores the links between the political and legal mobilization of organized business, the transformation of the regulatory state, and the rise of economic inequality since the 1970s. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Studies in American Political Development.

Chen is co-editor of Studies in American Political Development.

He received a BA from Rice University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Soros Fellow. Chen has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation as well as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of the University of California. Before joining Northwestern in 2010, Chen was on the faculty for eight years at the University of Michigan, where he held appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He currently lives in Chicago.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 110: Introduction to Sociology Syllabus
SOCIOL 309: Political Sociology
SOCIOL 476: Topics in Soc Analysis: Political Sociology


The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972
Princeton University Press, 2009

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Upcoming Events

Ethnography Workshop: Katherine Chen, CUNY - Graduate Center, New York
April 22, 20145:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Colloquium: Tianna Paschel, University of Chicago
April 24, 201412:30 PM - 2:00 PM

March 31, 2014