Benjamin I Holtzman

Benjamin I Holtzman

Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program

External Address: 
Campus Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-4392


I am a historian and teacher trained in the intersections of the political, social, and economic history of the United States, with particular focus on politics, capitalism, cities and suburbs, race and class, social movements, and public history. I will be on leave as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

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Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Brown University 2016

Holtzman, Benjamin. The Long Crisis: New York City and the Path to Neoliberalism. (Under contract: Oxford University Press).

Holtzman, Benjamin. ““Shelter is Only a First Step”: Housing the Homeless in 1980s New York City.” Journal of Social History, vol. 52, no. 3, Oxford University Press (OUP), Jan. 2019, pp. 886–910. Crossref, doi:10.1093/jsh/shx042. Full Text

Holtzman, Benjamin. ““I Am Not Co-op!”: The Struggle over Middle-Class Housing in 1970s New York.” Journal of Urban History, vol. 43, no. 6, SAGE Publications, Nov. 2017, pp. 864–85. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0096144217714759. Full Text

Culton, Kenneth R., and Ben Holtzman. “The Growth and Disruption of a “Free Space”: Examining a Suburban Do It Yourself (DIY) Punk Scene.” Space and Culture, vol. 13, no. 3, SAGE Publications, Aug. 2010, pp. 270–84. Crossref, doi:10.1177/1206331210365258. Full Text