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Jocelyn Wills


Location: 1127c Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x2812
Fax: 718.951.4504

A Canadian by birth, Jocelyn Wills zig-zagged her way to New York from Vancouver, British Columbia, via Texas, Minnesota and the many dotted roads that connect the contiguous United States with Canada and Mexico. Along the way, she encountered both dazzling diversity and disturbing disparities. This collision of the American promise with everyday reality informs all of her research and teaching interests, which include: the history of capitalism; narratives of success, failure and self-making; surveillance networks and the rise of the security-police state; and the incorporation of American life. Wills is completing a microhistory of 19th-century economic and social strivers. Her current research focuses on American boom-and-bust, and the experiences of workers, consumers, and small business operators in post-Civil War Brooklyn.

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