Articles & Essays
(with Walter Johnson, Jason Q. Purnell, and Jamal Rogers) COVID-19 and the Color Line, Boston Review (May 2020)
Iowa Governor: Jour Job or Your Life, Jacobin (May 2020)
We Need Massive Aid to the States — Not a Round of Bankruptcies, Jacobin (May 2020)
Understanding the Employment Crisis, Dissent (April 2020)
(with Sarah K. Bruch) COVID-19 Is Exposing the United States’ Ragged, Shameful Safety Net, Jacobin (April 2020)
Corona: The Inequality Virus, Jacobin (March 2020)
Inequality in the Trump Era, Dissent (January 2020)
Caucuses or Not, Iowa Workers are Getting Screwed, Jacobin (October 2019)
Citizen Brown, Dissent (August 2019)
(with Sarah K. Bruch ) Home inequity: race, wealth, and housing in St. Louis since 1940, Housing Studies 31:2 (2019)
The New Deal State and Segregation, Jacobin (August 2019)
The Legacy of Taft Hartley, Jacobin (December 2019)
A Brief History of American Health Care, Jacobin (July 2017)
Democracy's Critics, Jacobin (June 2017) (with Clarissa Hayward)
American Inequality: A Primer, in Barbara Hahn and Kersten Schmidt (eds), Inequality in America: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2017), 9-24.
The Murder of Michael Brown, Jacobin (August 2016)
Making Ferguson: Segregation and Uneven Development in Greater St. Louis, in Kimberly Norwood (ed), Ferguson Fault Lines (American Bar Association, 2016).
My Life as a Wonk, in McKerley, Deslippe, and Slocum (eds), Civic Labors: Scholar Activism and Working Class Studies (Illinois, 2016)
Ferguson, One Year Later, Georgetown Public Policy Review (September 2015)
Patchwork Metropolis: Fragmented Governance and Urban Decline in Greater St. Louis, St. Louis University Law Review 34:1 (2014), 51-70.
Declining Cities, Declining Unions: Urban Sprawl and US Inequality, Dissent (December 2014)
Segregation’s Long Shadow, Dissent (October 2014)
Beyond Our Inequality: Policy Blueprints for the Twenty-First Century, Dissent (May 2014)
St. Louis Blues: The Urban Crisis in the Gateway City, St. Louis Public Law Review 33 (2014)
Choosing Unemployment: Macroeconomic Policy and American Inequality, Dissent (May 2014)
Fatter Cats: Executive Pay and American Inequality, Dissent (May 2014)
Wolves of Wall Street: Financialization and American Inequality, Dissent (April 2014, online); reprinted in Truthout (April 23, 2014)
The Computer Did It? Technology and Inequality, Dissent (Spring 2014).
Who Pays: Taxes and American Inequality, Dissent (April 2014, online)
A Tattered Safety Net: Social Policy and American Inequality, Dissent (April 2014, online)
The Perils of Private Welfare: Job-Based Benefits and American Inequality, Dissent (March 2014, online)
Bare Minimum: Labor Standards and American Inequality, Dissent (March 2014, online)
The Union Difference: Labor and American Inequality, Dissent (March 2014, online)
Defending the Top One Percent--And Failing At It, inequality.org (July 2013)
Revenue Blues: The Case for Higher Taxes, Dissent, June 2013
The Lost City of Solidarity, Dissent (April 2013)
(with Donald Cohen), Do America’s Corporations Care How Much American Workers Earn? Dissent (August 30, 2012); also published in Huffington Post and Truthout
(with John Schmitt), What's So Bold about $9.00/hour? Benchmarking the Minimum Wage, Dissent (March 2013)
(with Steve Herzenberg), “Bill Clinton Was Right That Dems Create More Jobs: The Manufacturing Jobs Score, 1948-2011” Alternet (September 18, 2012); cross-posted at Huffington Post (September 20, 2012).
Lost in Space, Or Confessions of an Accidental Geographer, International Journal of History and Computing 5:1 (2011), 1-22
Blighting the Way: Urban Renewal, Economic Development, and the Elusive Definition of ‘Blight’, Fordham Urban Law Journal 31:2 (January 2004), 305-337; reprinted in Patricia Salkin (ed), 2005 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook (Thomson-West, 2005), pp. 956-986.
“A Poisonous Past,” Reviews in American History (December 2003), 611-14.
“The Lost City of Solidarity: Metropolitan Unionism in Historical Perspective,” Politics and Society 27:4 (December 1999), 557-581; also published by University of Washington Labor Center, Working Paper #8 (March 1999).
“Why Wagner? A Response to Robert Zieger,” Journal of Policy History 11:2 (1999), 201-6.
“Rethinking the New Deal,” Columbia Law Review 98:8 (December 1998), 2029-54. “Perche Negli Stati Uniti non si e Affermato il Corporatismo,” Passato e Presente [Italy] 45 (Dec. 1998), 93-112.
“Why No Corporatism in the United States?: Business Disorganization and its Consequences,” Business and Economic History 27:1 (Fall 1998), 29-46.
“Why No Health Insurance in the United States? The Limits of Social Provision in War and Peace, 1941-1948, Journal of Policy History 9:3 (1997), 277-310.
“Does the Ruling Class Rule?” Reviews in American History 25:2 (June 1997), 288-293.
“Still Searching for Progressivism,” Reviews in American History 23 (1995): 669-674.
"Lessons of History? Past and Present in the Gulf War," Radical History Review 55 (Winter 1993): 135-144.
"Dead On Arrival: Health Care Reform in the United States," Studies in Political Economy 39 (Autumn 1992): 141-158.
"New Deal, Old Deck: Business and the Origins of Social Security, 1920-1935." Politics and Society 19 (June 1991): 165-207.
"Crafting a Usable Past: Consensus, Ideology, and Historians of the American Revolution." William and Mary Quarterly 46 (Oct. 1989): 671-695.
"The Modern American Presidency, 1945-1974: A Bibliographical Essay." Canadian Review of American Studies 16 (1985): 425-441.