Brooke K Depenbusch
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota and am completing my dissertation “Down and Out in the USA: General Relief and the Politics of Precarity in the Shadow of the Welfare State, 1935-1964.” Spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, my dissertation offers the first historical examination of general relief, state and local programs of public assistance, in the post-New Deal United States. Through general relief’s history, I provide both a social history of twentieth-century economic inequality and a political history of the welfare state. I have research and teaching interests in American Political History, Policy and Social Welfare History, History of Women and Gender, History of Capitalism and Work, and Legal History.