Colin Gordon is interested in public policy and political economy in the United States since 1920. His first book, New Deals: Business, Labor and Politics, 1920-1935 (Cambridge University Press, 1994), is a major reconsideration of the relationship of the Roosevelt Administration to the business community in the 1930s. His second book, Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth Century America (Princeton University Press, 2003), is a history of health care policy in the United States across the twentieth century. His third book, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City ( University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) traces the transformation of metropolitan St. Louis in the 20th century, focusing on local regulation of land use, including restrictive deed covenants, real estate restrictions, and municipal zoning. Mapping Decline employs both conventional archival research and digital (GIS) mapping of a range of archival, demographic, and political data.
He is a senior research consultant at the Iowa Policy Project, for which he has written (with Peter Fisher and Elaine Ditsler) a number of reports on health coverage, economic development, and wages and working conditions (including the biennial State of Working Iowa series).
Colin Gordon received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990.
Courses recently taught by Professor Gordon include:
- 16A:062 American History 1877-Present
- 16A:153 USA in a World at War 1931-1945
- 16A:167 The New Era and the New Deal 1920-1940
- 16:201 First Year Graduate Colloquium
- Chair, Department of History, University of Iowa, (2006- )
- May Brodbeck Fellowship (2007-08)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2004-05)
- Title Teaching Grant, University of Iowa (2003)
- Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant, University of Iowa (2002-03)
- Obermann Center Interdisciplinary Research Grant (Summer 2002)
- Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, University of Iowa (2000-04)
- Faculty Scholar Award, University of Iowa (1998-2000)
- Central Investment Fund for Research Enhancement Grant (1997)
- Old Gold Summer Research Fellowship, University of Iowa (1995, 1996)
- Harry S. Truman Library, Grant-in-Aid (1995)
- Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Grant-in-Aid (1995)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Major Research Grant (1993)
- Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, University of British Columbia (1991)
- New Faculty Research and Development Grant, University of British Columbia (1990)