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history and social sciences professor

Thomas J. Sugrue, American history and social sciences professor.


Sugrue, Thomas J. was born on July 24, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Thomas J. and Sharon R. Sugrue.


Bachelor in History summa cum laude, Columbia University, 1984. Bachelor in History with honors, Cambridge University, 1986. Master of Arts in History, Harvard University, 1987.

Master of Arts in History, Cambridge University, 1989. Doctor of Philosophy in History, Harvard University, 1992.


Lecturer history University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1991—1992, assistant professor history, 1992—1997, associate professor history, 1997—1998, associate professor history and sociology, 1998—2000, Bicentennial Class of 1940 professor history and sociology, 2000—2004, Kahn professor history and sociology, since 2004. Lawrence Stone professor Princestone University, 2009. Research fellow Brookings Institution, Washington, 1990—1991.

Visiting associate professor New York University, New York City, 1998. Trustee and vice chair of board History Society Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, since 2000. Director Urban History Association, Cincinnati, 2000—2002, Social Science History Association, since 2008.

Visiting professor Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2002, Harvard University, 2008.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Origins of the Urban Crisis (Bancroft Prize in History 1998, Taft Prize in Labor History 1997, President's Book Award SSHA, 1996, Urban History Association Best Book Award 1997). Editor: (book series) Politics and Culture in Modern America, since 2003. Editor, author (collection of essays) W.E.B. DuBois, Race, and the City, 1998, The New Suburban History, 2006.

      Author: (book) Sweet Land of liberty: The Forgotten Struggle For Civil Rights in the North, 2008 (finalist Los Angeles Times Book prize, 2008).


Founding member Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice, New York City, 1996—1998. Vice chair and commissioner Philadelphia History Commission, Philadelphia, 2001—2008. Board chair Bread and Roses Community Fund, since 2004.

Member of Institute for Advanced Study, Social Science History Association (program committee chair 1997-1998), American Studies Association (executive committee member since 2008), American Sociological Association, Urban History Association (board member, prize committee member, program committee member 2000-2004), Organization of America Historians (program committee 2001-2003).


  • Other Interests

    Architecture, travel, gardening.


Married Dana L. Barron, May 30, 1993. Children: Anna Linn Barron, John Michael Barron.

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Sharon R. Sugrue

Dana L. Barron

Anna Linn Barron Sugrue

John Michael Barron Sugrue