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Brian J. Glenn <email@example.com>
American Political Development.
I study the ways in which Americans care for themselves and others in times of need. This includes welfare politics, but also insurance and mutual benefit societies.
I focus heavily on narratives of risk and responsibility.
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Policy
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Political History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Research and Methodology
Ph.D., Oxford University, 1998-2005 (Doctorate awarded September, 2005)
Dissertation: "The Politics of Mutual Assistance in America"
M.A., Brown University, 1996-1998
M.Phil., Oxford University, 1991-1993
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1987-1991
Between the two masters programs I was the Assistant Clerk to the Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly for one session, then worked as an insurance underwriter (property and casualty lines). It was during my time working in the insurance industry that I began to think about mutual obligation, a line of inquiry to which I plan on devoting my career studying.
Brian J. Glenn and Steve Teles, eds. Conservatism and American Political Development. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
"U.S. Social Policy, 1865-1890," Encyclopedia of American Political Development. 2009
"Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Liberty and Freedom," Historically Speaking 7 (1), 22-22, 2005.
"Louis Hartz's Liberal Tradition in America as Method," Studies in American Political Development 19 (Fall), 234-9, 2005.
"Raymond E. Baldwin," Encyclopedia of the United States Congress (Facts on File, 2005).
"Kansas Politics in the Bigger Picture," The Forum 2 (4), Article 9, 2004.
"The Two Schools of American Political Development," Political Studies Review 2 (2), 153-65, 2004.
"God and the Red Umbrella: Risk, Responsibility, and the Politics of Mutual Assistance in America," Connecticut Insurance Law Journal 10 (2): 277-307, 2004.
"Lynch v. Donnelly," "Legal Services Corp. v. Velazquez," "Arizona v. Evans," "Red Lion v. FCC," Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America (M. E. Sharpe, 2004).
Review of Thomas Beamish. Silent Spill: Anatomy of an Ecological Disaster. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002) in Journal of Risk and Insurance 71 (4), 2004.
"Risk, Insurance, and the Changing Nature of Mutual Obligation," Law & Social Inquiry 28 (1):295-314, 2003.
"The Varied and Abundant Progeny of Galanter's 'Why the "Haves" Come Out Ahead,'" in Herbert Kritzer & Susan Silbey, eds. In Litigation: Do The Haves Still Come Out Ahead? Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.
"Postmodernism: The Basis of Insurance," Risk & Insurance Management Review 6 (2): 131-43, 2003.
Recipient of the 2004 Avanta Center award from the American Risk & Insurance Association for the best Perspectives paper published over the previous year.
"The Amish," "Roger Williams," "Shakers," Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics (Facts on File, 2003).
"The Rhetoric of Fraternalism: Its Impact on the Development of the U.S. Welfare State, 1900-1935," Studies in American Political Development 15 (2):220-233, 2001.
"Understanding Mutual Benefit Societies at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Journal of Health Policy, Politics & Law, 26 (3):639-49, 2001.
"Collective Precommitment: The Amish and Social Security," Rationality & Society 13 (2):185-204, 2001.
Reivew of James C. Scott. Seeing Like a State . (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998) in Journal of Politics 62 (Spring), 2000.
"The Shifting Rhetoric of Insurance Denial," Law & Society Review 34 (3):779-808, 2000.
Recipient of the 2001 Law & Society Association award for the best paper written during the previous academic year by a law or graduate student.
Recipient of the 2001 Robert Wood prize for the best paper presented by a student at the New England Political Science Association's annual conference.
Review of Rebecca M. Blank. It Takes a Nation: A New Agenda for Fighting Poverty. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000) in Governance 13 (2), 2000.
Review of Peter Bernstein. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996) in Journal of Risk and Insurance 66 (September), 1999.
"The Golden Rule of Grading: Being Fair," PS: Political Science and Politics 31 (December):787-88, 1998.
"The Need for a Watchful Eye," June, 1998 (Syndicated).