Edward Berkowitz

Emeritus Faculty


Edward Berkowitz writes on American social welfare policy, recent American history, and American cultural history. An author of fifteen books and over seventy articles, he has been acclaimed as the leading historian of Social Security and of America's welfare state. His most recent monograph, The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy, appeared with Cornell University Press in 2013. He teaches courses in twentieth century American history, the movies and mass media in modern America, and the application of history to public policy. 

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HIST 1310, 1311: Introduction to American History

HIST 3320: U.S. History, 1890-1945

HIST 3322: The Modern American Presidency

HIST 6011: History and Public Policy

HIST 6012: Internship in History and Public Policy

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013. Co-authored with Larry DeWitt.

Mass Appeal: The Formative Age of the Movies, Radio, and TV. New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Social Security: A Documentary History. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008. Co-authored with Larry DeWitt and Daniel Beland.

Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Robert Ball and the Politics of Social Security. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.

The Medical Follow-up Agency, 1946-1996. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999. Co-authored with Mark Santangelo.

To Improve Human Health: A History of the Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998.

Mr. Social Security-the Life of Wilbur J. Cohen. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1995.

Creating the Welfare State: The Political Economy of Twentieth-Century Reform.Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1992. Co-authored with Kim McQuaid.

America's Welfare State: From Roosevelt to Reagan. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1991.

Disabled Policy: America's Programs for the Handicapped-A Twentieth Century Fund Report. New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1976