Julilly Kohler-Hausmann is currently an assistant professor in the history department at Cornell University. She specializes in United States political and social history after World War II, more specifically, she explores the ways that politics and public policy intersect with gender, race and class inequality. In 2010-2011, Professor Kohler-Hausmann was a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies fellow. It was during this same time that she was a visiting scholar here at the Heyman Center for Humanities.
Her current book project chronicles efforts during the 1970s to enact “tough” welfare, drug, and anti-crime laws. It argues that the embrace of a punitive logic in social and criminal policy helped trigger welfare-state retrenchment and mass-incarceration, and fundamentally restructured conceptions of citizenship and state legitimacy.