Credentials

Jonathan Soffer is Associate Professor of History at NYU Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

Ed Koch’s Lesson for Today’s Mortgage Crisis, History News Network (HNN), October 6, 2008.

Mayor Edward I. Koch and New York’s Municipal Foreign Policy in Shane Ewen and Pierre Yves Saunier, eds. Another Global City. Transnational Municipal Trails in the Modern Age (1850-2000) (New York: Palgrave, 2008), 119-34.

All Politics are Global: Nineteenth Century New York History in its Own World Wide Web Urban History 32.2 (2005), 345-51.

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Militarization of American Conservatism, 1950-1975, Business History Review, 75 (Winter 2001): 775-805.

Bleaching the Lily: Robert A. Taft, Barry Goldwater and Republican Southern Strategies, 1940-64 in Jürgen Heideking, Jörg Helbig, and Anke Ortlepp, eds., The Sixties Revisited: Culture, Society, Politics, American Studies Monograph Series (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2001), 487-502. A study of the Republican Party’s southern strategies since 1940, and the increased racial polarization of the party system since Goldwater’s 1964 campaign.

Ammonia, Public 19/20: Lexicon vol. 1 & 2 (Winter/Spring 2000). An essay based on a family story about Nobel laureate Fritz Haber, inventor of synthetic ammonia and chemical warfare.

All for One or One for One: The U.N. Military Staff Committee and the Contradictions of American Internationalism, Diplomatic History, vol. 21 no. 1 (Winter 1997), 45-69. A study of the original negotiations to establish combat-ready UN military forces in 1946-48, arguing that the deliberate vagueness of the charter, as much as Cold War tensions, prevented agreement on the creation of a permanent international military force under the auspices of the UN.

Oral History and American Foreign Policy, Journal of American History, v. 82, no. 2 (Sept. 1995), 607-16. Historians of American foreign relations, who could find more uses for oral history texts if they read them in new ways, have underutilized oral history.

Dissertation: General Matthew Bunker Ridgway: Postwar Warrior 1945-85. (Columbia Univ., 1992). Advisor: James P. Shenton.