Benjamin J. Schafer

MPhil Candidate in Economic and Social History
Benjamin Schafer is an Economic and Social History MPhil student working under the supervision of Dr. Pedro Ramos Pinto. His dissertation project, 'Forging Post-Industrial Identity through the Collapse of Steel, Pittsburgh, 1979-1987', investigates the social, economic, and political effects of late-twentieth-century deindustrialization on working communities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for his senior thesis, 'Empire of Good Neighbors: Diplomatic, Commercial, and Racial Empire Building at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901', the David Herbert Donald Prize in American History, and the Rev. Peter J. Gomes Prize in Religion and Ethnicity. Benjamin is a native of Buffalo, NY. You can find him on Twitter at: @Benj_Schafer.
Deindustrialization; Twentieth-century American history; urban history; labor history; history of race and ethnicity.


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