Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge

Author of Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government, and historian of the twentieth-century United States speaking and writing on issues of American politics, immigration, and inequality



“The American Election and the Left,” a roundtable on the election, Ralph Miliband Lecture Series, London School of Economics, November 16, 2016

“America’s Choice,” a roundtable on Trump’s election, on America Decides, BBC World Service, November 10, 2016

“Trump and History,” a roundtable with David Runciman and Talking Politics, October 19, 2016

Gary Gerstle talks to Bronwen Maddox, Hay Festival, May 31, 2016, about Liberty and Coercion.

Discussion of Money in American Politics with Jane Mayer and Philip Dodd, Free Thinking, BBC 3: June 15, 2016

Commentary featured on BBC Radio 4’s “The Ever Widening War – The Atlantic War,” January 14, 2016

Discussion of Liberty and Coercion with Trevor Burrus, Free Thoughts, Cato institute Podcast, August 19, 2016. Stream below or view transcript.

Pioneering Women, The Long View with Jonathan Freedland, BBC 4: July 25, 2016

Interview about the US Election with Primetime, South Korean radio show, March 2016

Discussion about the US Election with Professor David Runciman, host of Election, a University of Cambridge Podcast, February 2016

Contemporary Writing

"The Radicalization of the Republican Party"

Zeit Online, April 5, 2017.  Originally published in German, as “Radikal gewendet: Einst kämpften sie gegen die Sklaverei, heute verbinden sich ihre libertären Ideen mit teils offenem Rassismus: Wie die US-Republikaner wurden, was sie sind,” Zeit Online, March 30, 2017.  Or view a PDF of the original print version.

"Historians Assess Obama's Legacy Under Trump's Shadow"

New York Times, November 14, 2016

“Remember the State Houses!”

The Nation, November 29, 2016

“Corbyn, Sanders, and the Populist Surge”

New Statesman, September 22, 2016

“Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Slogan Has a Toxic Past”

Deutshe Welle, April 29, 2016

"The GOP Is in Trouble But the Left Has Its Work Cut Out"

Dissent, November 2012

"The GOP in the Age of Obama: Will the Tea Party and Republican Establishment Unite or Fight?"

New Labor Forum, Fall 2010 (PDF)

"Diversity, Pluralism, and the War on Terror"

Dissent, Spring 2003 (PDF)

“Rassismus hat Trump die Tür in die Politik geöffnet”

An interview with Gary Gerstle appearing in the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, January 26, 2017 (PDF)

“The People Rise up in the United States’s Latest Seismic Political Shift”

The Telegraph, November 10, 2016

“America’s Other Election”

Dissent, Fall 2016 (PDF)

"In Attacking Immigrants, Republicans Repeat a Century-Old Mistake"

Zocalo, August 4, 2016

"The US is a failed state thanks to its system of government"

Aeon, January 15, 2016

"The Neglect of the American Elite"

(with Steve Fraser), The Chronicle Review, April 1, 2005

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