Rebecca Marchiel, Assistant Professor of History, University of Mississippi: "It's Our Money: Defending Financial Common Sense in a Collapsing New Deal Order."
Bio: Rebecca Marchiel is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mississippi, specializing in urban history, political history, and the history of American capitalism. Her first book project, "Neighborhoods First: The Urban Reinvestment Movement in the Era of Financial Deregulation," examines how the U.S. financial system shaped and was shaped by the political organizing of ordinary people during the last third of the twentieth century. It charts the politics and organizing of the urban reinvestment movement, a multiracial coalition of low- and moderate-income urbanites who sought community control over investment capital. Drawing on the unprocessed archive of National People's Action, the reinvestment movement's lead organization, the project explores how activists fought to preserve the benefits of regulated banking at a time when the New Deal financial regime began to crumble. Rebecca is also working on an article that explores the role of the Federal Housing Administration in bolstering separate and unequal urban mortgage markets when it adopted new programs that targeted low-income home buyers in the wake of the 1960s urban rebellions. Rebecca received her Ph.D. in United States History from Northwestern University in the summer of 2014.