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Cody R. Melcher
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Sociology

Degrees/Diplomas: B.A. Political Science, University of Michigan; M.A. Political Science, Wayne State University; MPhil Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Research Interests: The intersection of race and class, economic insecurity, the political economy of racism, experimental designs, public opinion

Cody R. Melcher is a PhD candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research broadly examines the intersection of class and race, specifically the effect of economic insecurity on redistributive, class, and racial attitudes. His work has been published in Political BehaviorEthnic and Racial StudiesCritical SociologyLabor: Studies in Working-Class History, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, and elsewhere. His current project explores the potential causal relationship between economic insecurity and public opinion through an original experimental survey design. He teaches in the department of sociology at the City College of New York. 

Selected Publications:
Melcher, Cody R. 2021. “Economic Self-Interest and Americans’ Redistributive, Class, and Racial Attitudes: The Case of Economic Insecurity.” Political Behavior.
Melcher, Cody R. 2021. “Who’s Afraid of 1619?: Pedagogy, Race, and Class in the United States.” Dialectical Anthropology.

Melcher, Cody R. 2020. “The Political Economy of ‘White Identity Politics’: Economic Self-Interest and Perceptions of Immigration.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 44(2): 293-313.

Melcher, Cody R. 2020. “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: W.E.B. Du Bois, Left-Wing Radicalism, and the Problem of Interracial Labor Unionism.” Critical Sociology 46(7-8): 1041-1055.

Melcher, Cody R. & Michael Goldfield. 2019. “The Failure of Labor Unionism in the US South.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History.

Goldfield, Michael & Cody R. Melcher. 2019. “The Myth of Section 7(a): Worker Militancy, Progressive Labor Legislation, and the Coal Miners.” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History 16(4): 49-65.