Daniel Coleman

PhD Candidate in History
I received my BA in History from the University of Oxford in 2016, receiving First Class Honours, before going on to complete an MSt. in 2017. I was awarded a Derek Brewer Studentship to begin my PhD at Cambridge the following year, and I completed a year-long Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University as a Herchel Smith Scholar in 2021/22.
My doctoral dissertation examines neoliberal approaches to poverty between the Great Depression and the 1970s, with a primary geographical focus on the United States. My wider research interests include political, intellectual, and policy history; political and economic thought; liberalism, education policy, welfare and development. My supervisor is Professor Gary Gerstle at Sidney Sussex.
Paper 24: The History of the United States from 1865 to the Present.

Historical Argument and Practice (Intellectual History).

“Getting Tough or Rolling Back the State? Why Neoliberals Disagreed on a Guaranteed Income” (April, 2022)

Newberry History of Capitalism Seminar, University of Chicago.

“‘Capitalism and the Historians’: Hayek, Polanyi and Röpke on the Nineteenth Century” (March, 2022)

Society of US Intellectual History Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

“The World is the Past: The MPS Critique of Early Development Economics, 1949-63” (November, 2021)

University of Cambridge American History Workshop.

“Poverty In Context: The Crystallisation of the Neoliberal View, 1947-62” (June, 2021)

Historians of the Twentieth-Century United States Annual Conference, Online.

“Ill-Counselling Hunger and Neoliberalism’s Problem Space in America and Europe, 1934-51” (March, 2021)

Scottish Association for the Study of America Annual Conference, University of Glasgow.

“Malesuada Fames: Poverty And The Foundations of Neoliberalism 1934-47” (March, 2021)

American History Workshop, University of Cambridge.

“‘Let Them Spend It’: Basic Minimum Income and the Free Market” (March, 2020)

American History Workshop, University of Cambridge .

“Neoliberal Approaches to Welfare Reform in the United States, 1960-81” (February, 2020)

HOTCUS Symposium, Keele University.

“Right to Live: An Intellectual History of Neoliberalism and Welfare Reform in the United States” (May, 2019)

Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, Middelburg, Netherlands.

“Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon: The Inheritors of Classical Liberalism” (May, 2017)

Santander Scholars Conference, University of Oxford.

Key publications

"Getting Tough or Rolling Back the State? Why Neoliberals Disagreed on a Guaranteed Minimum Income"

Modern Intellectual History (June, 2022), 1-28.