Michael Fein

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As Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, I enjoy helping to design academic programs that combine theory with pragmatic, field-relevant experience. This integrated approach to education is a powerful tool that helps JWU students to accomplish their goals."


Michael Fein is a college educator, administrator and published historian with research interests in 19th and 20th century American political history, public policy, transportation and infrastructure.

As Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, he supports academic programming that combines theory with pragmatic, field-relevant experience.

As Professor of History, he has taught: American History surveys (1607-1877; 1877-1945; 1945-present), American Government and Politics, Cultural History of Corporate America, Multicultural History of America, Critical Thinking.

While at Brandeis University, he held a Crown Fellowship as well as a Fellowship in Contemporary History, Public Policy, and American Politics from the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.  Before joining the faculty at Johnson & Wales, he taught at Babson College and Brandeis University and served as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.

Professional Memberships

Board Member, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, 2017-present


  • “Realignment: Highways and Livability Policy in the Post-Interstate Era, 1977-2012,” Journal of Urban History, 2014
    Author: Michael Fein
  • “Tunnel Vision: Invisible Highways and Boston’s ‘Big Dig’ in the Age of Privatization”
    Journal of Planning History, 2012
    Author: Michael Fein
  • “Paving the Way: New York Road Building and the American State, 1880-1956,” University Press of Kansas, 2008
    Author: Michael Fein
  • “Radio Regulation Revisited: Coase, the FCC, and the Public Interest,” Journal of Policy History, 2003
    Authors: David Moss + Michael Fein