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Thaddeus Russell is a historian and cultural critic and the author of A Renegade History of the United States (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2010). He teaches American history and cultural studies at Occidental College and has taught history, American Studies, and the history of philosophy at Columbia University, Barnard College, the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College.

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Russell graduated from Antioch College and received a PhD in history from Columbia University.

Russell's first book, Out of the Jungle: Jimmy Hoffa and the Re-Making of the American Working Class, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2001. He is a frequent contributor to The Daily Beast and has written for The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also published scholarly essays in American Quarterly and The Columbia History of Post-World War II America.

Russell has appeared on the History Channel, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.