Richard Saich

PhD candidate in Modern American History
I completed my undergraduate studies in History at Goldsmiths College, University of London and hold an MA in Modern History (Asia and Africa) from SOAS, University of London. I began my PhD in American history at Cambridge in 2018.

My doctoral research examines the efforts made by political activists in the United States sought to contest market fundamentalism in the 1990s. I explore how how the politics of dissent operated on the local, national, and transnational level by describing how a range of social movements sought to reform, resist, or overthrow neoliberal globalization.
My primary interests are the history of radical social movements in the post-1960s period, as well as the history of neoliberalism and the history of capitalism, and how these histories intersect in the late 20th century.

I am also interested in how historians, and historical research, can contribute to contemporary debates about economic development and economic inequality, worker rights, consumption, the environment, social change, and democracy.
I am co-convenor of the Neoliberalism Reading Group at Cambridge.
As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2019, I co-organised "Uprising!: Stonewall at 50," a series of events to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. I presented a talk entitled “The Origins of Gay Liberation,” as an introduction to a public screening of "Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria," a film about LGBTQ activism in San Francisco in the 1960s made by Professor Susan Stryker (University of Arizona) and Professor Victor Silverman (Pomona College).

I have also hosted episodes of the Cambridge American History Seminar Podcast.

Key publications

Review Articles

Review of Risk and Ruin: Enron and the Culture of American Capitalism (2018) by Gavin Benke in History: The Journal of the Historical Association, Volume 105, Issue 365 (April 2020), pp. 366-368.