Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America

Since 1970 focuses on U.S. history since the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on books that either connect that decade to a longer trajectory or focus entirely on the last quarter of the twentieth century. The series will welcome a wide range of topics, but the ideal project will both address the recent past and be methodologically innovative. Since 1970 will feature titles in social and cultural history; the history of science, environment, and technology; the history of race, immigration, and ethnicity; and political histories that construe the category of “politics”broadly.

Claire Potter, a professor of history at The New School, specializes in United States political history, queer studies, and the history of gender, sex and feminism. She blogs at Tenured Radical. Potter is the author of War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture. She is currently at work on a book about the origins of the feminist "sex wars" and the anti-pornography campaign waged by the Reagan Administration, Sex in Public: Feminism, the Reagan Revolution and the Politics of Pornography, 1968–1990.

Renee Romano, a professor of history, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies at Oberlin College, is a specialist in twentieth-century American history, with research interests in African American history, civil rights, and historical memory. Romano is the author of Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America, and coeditor of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory. Her most recent book, Racial Reckoning: Prosecuting America's Civil Rights Murders, explores the contemporary prosecutions of civil rights era crimes. Read more at

Books in this series

The Dinner Party
Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970–2007
Jane F. Gerhard

Doing Recent History
On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back
Edited by Claire Bond Potter and Renee C. Romano

Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right
J. Brooks Flippen

Liberation in Print
Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity
Agatha Beins

Reconsidering Roots
Race, Politics, and Memory
Edited by Erica L. Ball and Kellie Carter Jackson
Foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics
How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post–Civil Rights America
George Derek Musgrove

Series Editors

Claire Potter
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Renee Romano
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Editorial Advisory Board

Mary Dudziak
University of Southern California

Devin Fergus
Hunter College, City University of New York

David Greenberg
Rutgers University

Shane Hamilton
University of Georgia

Jennifer Mittelstadt
Rutgers University

Stephen Pitti
Yale University

Robert Self
Brown University

Siva Vaidhyanathan
University of Virginia

Susan Ware
General Editor, American National Biography

Judy Wu
Ohio State University