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The Morality of Finance: Municipal Debtors and Creditors in 1930s California

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 8, 2018. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Approaches to Capitalism
Meeting Description: 

Destin Jenkins, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago and a Geballe workshop alumni, will present research on the racial structures underwriting the municipal bond market in Depression-era California. Sylvia Yaganisako (Chair, Stanford Anthropology) will give comments.

Destin Jenkins's research centers on the linkages between the American state, capitalism, racial inequality, and the built environment in the twentieth century. His first book, tentatively titled Bonded Metropolis: Debt, Redevelopment, and Racial Inequality in Postwar San Francisco, will argue that the practices of municipal debt finance redistributed wealth upwards, reinscribed racial inequality, and became a constraint on democratic state power. Trained at Columbia and Stanford universities, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History in 2016–17.
 

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