Patchwork Apartheid: Private Restriction, Racial Segregation, and Urban Inequality (New York; Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2023)



Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019)

“Citizen Brown is an important contribution to the literatures on segregation, suburbanization, and local politics. Gordon creates a compelling and well-documented account of the ways in which local governments first refuse to provide services to certain neighborhoods and then use that lack of services as evidence of blight and grounds for slum clearance. He then offers an excellent, structural explanation for Michael Brown’s murder that is linked to this same connection between public services and local policy.”

- Jessica Trounstine, author of Segregation by Design

mapping decline

Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008; paperback 2009), 272pp.  

"Colin Gordon combines intellectual rigor, a compelling argument, and extensive archival research with the latest geographic information system digital mapping techniques. Dozens of color maps, together with numerous figures and tables, allow the reader to examine the data with fresh eyes. Gordon's focus on a single city, a single neighborhood (Greater Ville), and even a single house (4635 North Market Street) gives his comprehensive analysis an immediacy and power that it might otherwise lack. And the prose is so thoughtful, so well written, and so engaged with recent scholarship that scholars on the topic will be fascinated."—Kenneth Jackson, Political Science Quarterly

Dead On Arrival

Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth Century America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003 (paperback edition, January 2005), 316pp.

"a sophisticated, impassioned, and well-documented analysis of the failures of twentieth-century American health reform efforts"--David Rosner, Business History Review; "[A] brilliantly recounted, thoughtful, and persuasive argument, not for simple explanations, but for a complex, on-the-ground discussion of what it was in the United States that made universal health insurance 'dead on arrival.'. . . impeccably and impressively researched," --Rosemary A. Stevens, Bulletin of the History of Medicine

New Deals

 New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics in America, 1920-1935 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 329pp (paperback 1994 as well).

"Colin Gordon's exceptionally intelligent and provocative book explains why businessmen demanded their own New Deal and then hated what they got.  He is a political economist of great erudition and considerable wit; indeed, his book is a real pleasure to read."  -- Nelson Lichtenstein, University of Virginia