Meg Jacobs

Research Scholar

Office: 
311 Robertson Hall
Phone: 
609-258-0559
Assistant: 
Helene Wood

Area(s)

  • Energy Policy
  • American Politics
  • Economic Policymaking
  • Labor Relations

Biography

Meg Jacobs is a Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School teaching courses in public policy and history. She received her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Virginia and was an associate professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been a fellow at the Harvard Business School, the Charles Warren Center, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Her new book Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and The Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s, looks at why American politicians failed to devise a long-term energy policy. She is the author of  Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America, which was published with Princeton University Press and won the Organization of American Historians' 2006 prize for the best book on modern politics.  She has recently published Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989, Bedford/St.Martin's (2010).

Recent publications include "Wreaking Havoc from Within: George W. Bush's Energy Policy in Historical Perspective" in The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment, edited by Julian E. Zelizer (Princeton University Press, 2010); "The Uncertain Future of American Politics, 1940 to 1973" in American History Now, edited by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr (Temple University Press, 2011); "The Politics of Environmental Regulation: Business-Government Relations in the 1970s and Beyond" in What's Good for Business: Business and American Politics since World War II, edited by Kim Phillips-Fein and Julian E. Zelizer (Oxford University Press, 2012).