Graduate Student Bios

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Ian Gavigan
Email: ian.gavigan@gmail.com
Current Research: US History

Ian Gavigan is a second-year graduate student who studies modern U.S. and urban history. His current project examines American socialists in the first half of the twentieth century, with a special focus on how state structure enabled and limited their electoral and organizing work. His research interests include: social movements, radical politics, the state, race, and education. In summer 2018, Ian was Scholar in Residence at the Pennsylvania State Archives. He is a 2014 graduate of Haverford College where he studied history and German. Prior to Rutgers, he worked in education advocacy and political communications.