David Freund
Associate Professor

David Freund specializes in the history of the modern United States, with a focus on the built environment, public policy, economic opportunity, and economic ideology. He is the author of Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America (University of Chicago Press, 2007), which was awarded the 2008 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians, the 2007 Kenneth Jackson Book Award from the Urban History Association, and the 2009 Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award.  Other publications include “Marketing the Free Market: State Intervention and the Politics of Prosperity in Metropolitan America” (in The New Suburban History, edited by Kevin Kruse and Thomas Sugrue, University of Chicago Press, 2006) and The Modern American Metropolis: A Documentary Reader (Wiley Blackwell, 2015). He is currently completing State Money, a history of financial policy and free market ideology in the modern United States.

Freund has contributed to a number of public history, policy, and documentary projects, including Open City: Designing Coexistence, California Newsreel’s Race: The Power of an Illusion, and the CERD Working Group on Housing Segregation and Discrimination in the U.S.  He has received grants and fellowships from organizations including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Graham Foundation for the Arts.  He teaches courses on metropolitan history, modern state building, and the political economy of capitalism and inequality. 




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