N. D. B. Connolly

Visiting Associate Professor of History, Social and Cultural Analysis



Field of Study: 

United States

Research Interests: 

Metropolitan history, racism, capitalism, African diaspora

Curriculum Vitae


N. D. B. Connolly writes about the interplay between racism, capitalism, politics, and the built environment in the twentieth century.  His work pays special attention to people’s overlapping understandings of property rights and civil rights in the United States and the wider Americas. 

His first book, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, received, among other awards, the 2015 Liberty Legacy Foundation Book Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Kenneth T. Jackson Book Award from the Urban History Association. The book resuscitates older discussions of racism's profitability by treating Jim Crow segregation in Greater Miami as a variation on the colonial and postcolonial practices afflicting tropical populations around the world. A World More Concrete also highlights never-before-seen conflicts between tenants, urban landlords, homeowners, politicians, and property managers over how best to profit from Native Americans, Caribbean migrants, working-class whites, and the black poor.

Presently, Prof. Connolly is working on two new book-length projects.  The first is Four Daughters: An America Story. This collective biography covers three generations of a single family, following the lives of four women of color whose forbearers migrated from the Caribbean to the United States by way of Britain between the 1930s and 1990s. A genuinely Atlantic history, Four Daughters explores how immigrants of color and their children defined success in America during and after second-wave feminism, the civil rights movement, "right to work" politics, and the War on Drugs. His second book project expands on the intimate scale of Four Daughters to assess and synthesize broader trends, patterns, and processes. Black Capitalism: The "Negro Problem" and the American Economy offers the first sweeping account of how black economic success shaped the way Americans and immigrants understood the possibilities offered by capitalism in the United States.  Apart from publishing in scholarly venues, Prof. Connolly’s contributes frequently to public debates, including commentary for the New York Times, at the White House, and on various public radio, satellite radio, and cable news networks.

Selected Works:

Journal Articles 
 “Notes on a Desegregated Method: Learning from Michael Katz and Others,” Journal of Urban History (July 2015) 584-591.
“Timely Innovations: Trains, Planes, and the ‘Whites Only’ Economy of a Pan-American City,” Urban History 36, no. 2, Special Issue on Transnational Urbanism in theAmericas (August 2009): 243-261.
“Colored, Caribbean, and Condemned: Miami’s Overtown District and the Cultural Expense of Progress,” Caribbean Studies 34, no. 1 (Jan.-Jun. 2007): 3-60.

Book Chapters
“Black Appointees, Political Legitimacy, and the American Presidency,” in Recapturing the Oval Office, Brian Balogh and Bruce Schulman, eds. (Cornell University Press, 2015), 123-142.
“Games of Chance: Jim Crow’s Entrepreneurs Bet on ‘Negro’ Law-and-Order,” in What’s Good for Business: Business and Politics Since World War II, Julian E. Zelizer and Kimberly Phillips-Fein, eds.  (Oxford University Press, 2012), 140-156.
“Sunbelt Civil Rights: Urban Renewal and the Follies of Desegregation in Greater Miami,” in Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place and Region in the American South and  Southwest, Darren Dochuk and Michelle Nickerson, eds. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), 164-187.

Select Media Appearances
•“Why the Freddie Gray Riots Began at Mondawmin Shopping Mall,” by Paul Solmon, Making   Sen$e, PBS.org, May 29, 2015 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/answers-baltimores-economic-recovery-start-shopping-mall/#.VWjTZf9po0w.facebook
•“We Need Our Stories,” Humanities Connection, 88.1 FM WYPR, Baltimore, MD, May 21, 2015 http://wypr.org/post/we-need-our-stories
•“How Does Baltimore’s Economy Recover After the Riots,” PBS NewsHour, May 7, 2015          http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/baltimores-economy-recover-riots/
•“Black Culture Is Not the Problem,” The New York Times, May 1, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/opinion/black-culture-is-not-the-problem.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-3&action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&region=Footer&configSection=article&isLoggedIn=false&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article
•“Political Education Beats Technology,” The New York Times, Dec. 15, 2014,        http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/12/15/what-does-the-style-of-a-protest-say-about-a-movement/political-education-beats-technology
•“The Case For Repair,” Parts 1 and 2, The City in History (official weblog for the Urban History Association) Post received some 11,000 hits between May 24 and June 3, 2014, http://urbanhistorians.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/the-case-for-repair/
•“Where Does Baltimore Go From Here?” The Marc Steiner Show, 88.9 FM WEAA, Baltimore,    MD, May 5, 2015 http://www.steinershow.org/podcasts/racism/where-does-baltimore-go-from-here/
•“Black Women Front and Center of Power in Baltimore’s Aftermath,” MSNBC.com, May 5, 2015. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/black-women-baltimore-aftermath
•“A Column by Johns Hopkins Historian N. D. B. Connolly Causes a Firestorm on the Website of New York Times,” History News Network, May 4, 2015.http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159300
•“David Brooks’ Baltimore Column Might Be His Dumbest of the Year,” Salon.com, May 1, 2015             http://www.salon.com/2015/05/01/david_brooks_baltimore_column_might_be_his_du            mbest_of_the_year_we_didnt_think_it_was_possible_either/
•“What Now? Dialogues on Race After Ferguson,” American Forum, with Douglas Blackmon, Miller Center for Public Policy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, original air date Apr. 5, 2015, Public Broadcasting Station (PBS)  http://video.pbs.org/video/2365460177/
•“Jim Crow and Urban Development,” The Global African, with Bill Fletcher, TeleSUR English, Feb. 27, 2015 https://vimeo.com/122715188, Part 2, http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13533
•“A World More Concrete,” Book TV, C-Span 2, original airtime, Feb. 15, 1pm EST, http://www.c-span.org/video/?324271-2/book-discussion-world-concrete
•“Propuesta de Cambios en La Peneña Habana Genera Desacuerdos,” El Nuevo Herald, Jan. 18, 2015 http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/sur-de-la-florida/article7278647.html
•“New Book Looks at How Jim Crow Laws Shaped Miami,” WLRN, Nov. 21, 2014 http://wlrn.org/post/new-book-looks-how-jim-crow-laws-shaped-miami
•“A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida,” Topical Currents, 91.3 FM, WRLN, Oct. 28, 2014 http://wlrn.org/post/world-more-concrete-real-estate-remaking-jim-crow-south-florida
•“A World More Concrete,” Remapping Debate, Oct. 8, 2014 http://www.remappingdebate.org/node/2331
•“Reparations,” The Global African, with Bill Fletcher, TeleSUR English, Sept. 25, 2014     http://vimeo.com/107204434
• “N. D. B. Connolly on Race and Real Estate in Miami,” Who Makes Cents: A History of Capitalism Podcast, Sep. 3, 2014 http://whomakescentspodcast.com/2014/09/03/n-d-b-connolly-on-race-and-real-estate-in-miami/
•“Debating Reparations: Exploring the Politics and Economics,” The Marc Steiner Show, 88.9 FM WEAA, Baltimore, MD, Jun. 2, 2014 http://www.steinershow.org/podcasts/racism/debating-reparations-exploring-the-politics-economics/
•“Donald Sterling and American Racism,” Midday with Dan Rodricks, 88.1 FM WYPR, Baltimore, MD, Apr. 30, 2014 http://wypr.org/post/donald-sterling-and-american-racism 
•“In History Departments, Its Up With Capitalism,” New York Times, Apr. 6, 2013          http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/education/in-history-departments-its-up-with-capitalism.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
•“Stand Your Ground Laws and Self-Defense,” Midday with Dan Rodricks, 88.1 FM WYPR, Baltimore, MD, Mar. 27, 2012 http://programs.wypr.org/podcast/tuesday-march-27-1-2-pm-trayvon-martin
•“The Promise of Suburbia,” C-Span 3, American History TV, Baltimore MD, recorded Mar. 15, 2011, aired Jun. 11-12, 2011 http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Suburbi&showFullAbstract=1

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