Colin Gordon is interested in public policy and political economy in the United States since 1920. He is the author of four books. New Deals: Business, Labor and Politics, 1920-1935 (Cambridge University Press, 1994), is a major reconsideration of the relationship of the Roosevelt Administration to the business community in the 1930s. Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health in Twentieth Century America (Princeton University Press, 2003), is a history of health care policy in the United States across the twentieth century. Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) traces the transformation of metropolitan St. Louis in the 20th century, focusing on local regulation of land use, including restrictive deed covenants, real estate restrictions, and municipal zoning. Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality (Institute for Policy Studies, 2013) uses historical and economic analysis to trace the causes and consequences of economic inequality in the United States. This project is archived at inequality.org and was serialized, as “Our Inequality,” in Dissent in Spring 2014.
He is a senior research consultant at the Iowa Policy Project, for which he has written a number of reports on health coverage, economic development, and wages and working conditions (including the biennial State of Working Iowa series).