Donald Critchlow

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SHPRS History Faculty
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When Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Moguls, Film Stars, and Big Business Remade American Politics, published by Cambridge University Press, appeared Fall 2013. In addition, he has authored  and edited twenty-one other books including The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Made Political History (Harvard University Press, 2007; rev. and updated edition University Press of Kansas. 2011); Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism (Princeton University Press, 2005); Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government (Oxford University Press, 1999, pap. 2001); Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporations (Indiana University Press, 1997); and the Brookings Institution: Expertise and the Public Interest in a Democratic Society (Northern Illinois University Press, 1989). He is general editor for the new Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History.

At ASU He teaches courses on American conservatism, political thought, political conspiracy, and contemporary American history. He is co-director of an undergraduate certificate program, Political Thought and Leadership, established in 2012.

 He is a native California. He is founding editor of the Journal of Policy History. Critchlow has taught at Hong Kong University and Warsaw University, Saint Louis University and University of Notre Dame, as well other other universities.

He is president of the Institute for Political History, a non-profit, tax-exempt educational foundation, which sponsors the Policy History Conference, graduate travel awards, and other academic projects.

His books are regularly reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, New Republic, National Review, and The Nation and have been reviewed in The New Yorker, Washington Post Book Review, and many other newspapers. He have appeared on C-Span Books, NPR's Talk of the Nation, BBC World News, and numerous talk-radio programs. He has lectured throughout Europe and China as a State Department Distinguished Lecturer and a Fulbright Scholar.



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 My research interests lie in modern American political and policy history, particularly in how actors perceive the world and act on their perceptions. In pursuit of this interest, I am currently writing a book on democracy in America, a data driven book. When Hollywood Was Right offers a  reexamination of the revival of the California Republican Party after the Second World War, as well as revising our understanding of Hollywood politics. I am the founding editor of the Journal of Public Policy, a peer-reviewed quarterly, and general editor of "Cambridge Essential Histories," a series of short, synthetic books aimed for the classroom and general readership. I have taught at Hong Kong University, Warsaw University, the University of Notre Dame. I am a native Californian.