During her fellowship year, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer will be researching the politics and economics of American higher education. Shermer’s research highlights that, since the 1930s, political fights over federal authority, desegregation, gender equality, and free enterprise always stopped lawmakers from providing enough local, state, or federal funding to make higher education genuinely accessible. As a result, schools have remain cash-strapped and dependent on tuition revenue increasingly financed through student loan programs that have left more than 45 million Americans owing more than $1.5 trillion.
Shermer is broadly interested in twentieth-century political-economy in order to understand the persistence and then expansion of inequality and political paralysis. As such, her research explores US politics; urban and regional development; law and public policy; the relationship between capital, management, and labor; ideas and ideology; and America’s changing place in the world.
Shermer is an associate professor of history at Loyola University of Chicago. She is also a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library, where she co-organizes several research seminars and co-ordinates the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar for Loyola undergraduates.
Learn more about Shermer’s work at: https://www.luc.edu/history/people/facultyandstaffdirectory/shermerelizabethtandy.shtml