Meg Jacobs

Associate Professor of History
617-253-7895
Education: 
B.A. Cornell University, 1990
M.A. University of Virginia, 1993
Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1998

Meg Jacobs received her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Virginia. Her area of expertise is 20th century American political history. Her first book, Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America was published with Princeton University Press and won the Organization of American Historians' 2006 prize for the best book on modern politics. She is currently working on a book on the energy crisis of the 1970s. She has recently published Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989, Bedford/St.Martin's (2010).

In 2008-2009, Professor Jacobs was a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.

Recent publications include "The Conservative Struggle and the Energy Crisis." In Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, edited by Bruce J. Schulman and Julian E. Zelizer (Harvard University Press, 2008); Meg Jacobs and Julian E. Zelizer. "Comment: Swinging too Far to the Left." Journal of Contemporary History 43 (2008); "Consumers and Politics." In The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, edited by Micahel Kazin (Princeton University Press, 2009); "Wreaking Havoc from Within: George W. Bush's Energy Policy in Historical Perspective." In The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment, edited by Julian E. Zelizer (Princeton University Press, 2010); "The Uncertain Future of American Politics, 1940 to 1973." In American History Now, edited by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr (Temple University Press, 2011); "State of the Field: The Politics of Consumption." Reviews in American History 39 (2011); "The Politics of Environmental Regulation: Business-Government Relations in the 1970s and Beyond." In What's Good for Business: Business and American Politics since World War II, edited by Kim Phillips-Fein and Julian E. Zelizer (Oxford University Press, 2012).