Joseph Fronczak is a historian of the United States and the modern world, specializing in the history of politics and ideologies, the history of labor and capitalism, and transnational and global history.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014. The following year, he was a Mahindra postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University as part of the interdisciplinary Andrew H. Mellon Foundation Seminar on Violence and Non-violence. At Princeton, he has taught courses in global history and the history of U.S. foreign relations. He has also taught international history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. In the spring of 2016, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.
He is currently writing Everything Is Possible: Antifascism and the Makings of a Global Left during the Great Depression, which traces the political struggle between fascism and antifascism as it played out in the streets, factories, marketplaces, and plantations of the Depression-era world.
"The Fascist Game: Transnational Political Transmission and the Genesis of the U.S. Modern Right," Journal of American History (Dec. 2018), offers a reinterpretation of the origins of modern American conservatism. A conversation on the article is available online at Process. Fronczak has also written on the legacies of antifascism for Process.
"Local People's Global Politics: A Transnational History of the Hands Off Ethiopia Movement of 1935," which appeared in Diplomatic History in April 2015, received honorable mention for the 2016 Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize and was selected by Oxford University Press for its 2016 Must-Read Foreign Relations History List.
For the academic year 2018-2019, he is on leave at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.