Dylan Gottlieb is a historian of American cities and capitalism and a lecturer in the Department of History at Princeton University. In 2021-22, he is an NEH-Hagley Fellow on Business, Culture, and Society at the Hagley Library in Wilmington, Delaware.
Dylan's in-progress book manuscript, Yuppies: Wall Street and the Remaking of New York (under contract with Harvard University Press), reveals how the emergence of a new highly-educated class—young urban professionals, or “yuppies”—transformed New York City, fostered new forms of work, leisure, and politics, and, ultimately, helped to produce our current age of inequality. In the 1980s, the growth of the financial and professional sectors transformed the way that white-collar Americans worked. It also visited dire consequences on cities like New York. Financialization was not some abstract process: it wrought immediate effects on cities, culture, and party politics during the closing decades of the twentieth century. Yuppies, he argues, became the shock troops for the financialization of American life.
Dylan's dissertation was awarded the 2021 Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History from the Business History Conference. His dissertation research also received the Raymond A. Mohl Award from the Urban History Association. In 2019-20, he was a National Fellow at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia. Dylan's research has also been supported by an Albert J. Beveridge Grant from the American Historical Association and by the Graduate Fund for Excellence at Temple University.
Dylan's writing has been published in the Journal of American History, Journal of Urban History, The Washington Post, Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, Utne Reader, the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Gotham, and Public Seminar. A complete list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
Dylan graduated from Vassar College in 2008. In 2013, he received an MA from Temple University, and in 2015, he received an MA from Princeton University. In 2020, he received his PhD from Princeton.
When he's not working, Dylan can be found playing guitar, baking sourdough bread, or hanging at the playground with his daughter, June.