- University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of History (M/C 198)
913 University Hall
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7109
Phone: (312) 413-9357; (312) 996-3141
Fax: (312) 996-5799
1977 Ph.D. University of Rochester 1971 M.A. University of Rochester 1968-69 Independent year of study at the Centre for the Study of Social History, University of Warwick 1970 B.A. Harvard University (high honors) Languages French, German, Spanish
Areas of Expertise:
- U.S. & Comparative Labor History
- History of Work
- Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- Immigration History
|2000-||Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago|
|1995-1997||Zachary Smith Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|1990-2000||Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|1985-1990||Associate Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|1983-1984||Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Amerika-Institut, University of Munich, West Germany|
|1972-1974||Lecturer, Department of History, City College of New York|
Courses taught: (Undergrad) America to 1865; American Since 1865; U.S. Social History; U.S. Cultural History; The Worker in American Life; Communities in Transition: The Local Impact of the Industrial Revolution; History of American Radicalism; Rise of the Expert, A Critical History of the Professions; Rise of Consumer Culture; The Americas, A Survey of the Forces Shaping the Hemisphere (Pilot course for the Duke-UNC Program in Hemispheric Studies); The Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Five Hundred Years Without Solitude: History of the Guatemalan Maya; Director of Senior Honors Program; (Graduate) U.S. Labor History, Comparative Labor History, Europe and the U.S., 1800-1914; Intellectuals and Social Action, Twentieth-Century Colloquium in U.S. History; History of the Social Disciplines (Graduate course for Curriculum in Social Theory and Cross-Cultural Studies); Occupational History and Folklore; Labor Migration and Worker Mobilization in the Americas; Labor Migration and the Roots of the Global Marketplace.
"Sweatshops at Sea: Revisiting the Seamen's Act of 1915," keynote address, Annual American Studies Symposium, Purdue University, March 4, 2005
"Sweatshops at Sea: The Seamen's Act of 1915 as an Experiment in Trans-National Labor Regulation," Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-21, 2004
"Globalization, American Workers, and the World's Two Gilded Ages," Depts of Political Science and History, Purdue University-Calumet, Nov. 11, 2004
Commentator, "Law, Labor, and American State Formation" panel, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, May 29, 2004, Chicago
"Latino/a Workers in the U.S." roundtable, 21st Annual Latin American Labor History Conference, Duke University, April 30-May 1, 2004
Chair and Commentator, "The Labor of Empire: Politics and Power in the Construction of the Panama Canal," 25th Annual North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, Oct. 16-18, 2003
"Community's Siren Song: The Politics of Memory in a Southern Milltown," Beyond Structure and Agency LAS Faculty Seminar, University of Illinois at Chicago, Oct. 13, 2003
Round-Table, "Beyond the Examined Life: A Roundtable on New Directions in Biography," UIC History Graduate Student Society, Institute for the Humanities, March 26, 2003
Chair, "United States Socialism in the Twentieth Century," Missouri Valley History Conference, March 6-8, 2003
Chair, "Modern American Representations," UIC Graduate Student Conference, Feb. 27-28, 2003
"The Wizardry of American History," Keynote speech, Presenting the Past," Indiana Council for History Education, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Feb. 7, 2003
"The Maya of Morganton," UIC History Department Brown Bag Talk, Jan. 22, 2003
"What Is To Be Done--in Labor History?" History Department Colloquium Series, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Oct. 2, 2002
Commentator, "Rethinking Working-Class History: New Perspectives," 24th Annual North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, Oct. 17-19, 2002.
Round-Table, "Publishing Labor History," Writing Canadian Labour: Critical Perspectives Conference, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, May 31-June 2, 2002 "The Mayan Image in the Morganton (North Carolina) Mind," Chicago Urban History Seminar lecture, Chicago Historical Society, Jan. 17, 2002
"The Death of the Textbook?" Chair/commentator, AHA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Jan. 3-6, 2002
"Writing Life and Work: Biography and the Uses of Labor History," commentator, Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Nov. 15-18, 2001
"Flight of the 'Happy Farmers': Inside the Immigrant Worker's Struggle" Newberry Labor History Seminar, Chicago, Nov. 9, 2001
"Class and Labor Markets," panelist, Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity Conference, UIC Sociology Department, Oct. 26, 2001
"Agro-Industry, Transnational Migration, and the Transformation of Class in the US," Chair/commentator, 23rd Annual North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, Oct. 18-20, 2001
"Transborder Peoples in Economies and Labor Flows," panelist, Latino and Latin American Studies Workshop, Indiana University, June 1-2, 2001
"Community Without Country: Maya Poultry Workers in North Carolina," OAH Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, April 26-29, 2001
"How the Dead Organized the Living: Guatemalan Maya Workers in North Carolina," (Keynote Address), Missouri Valley Historical Association, Omaha, March 9, 2001
"New Tidings For History Education, Or Lessons We Should Have Learned By Now," Annual Meeting of the Organization of History Teachers, Boston, Jan. 5, 2001
"Community Without Country: The Puzzle of Identity Among Mayan Workers in North Carolina," 22nd Annual North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, Oct. 21, 2000
The Maya of Morganton, North Carolina: Exploring Worker Identity Within the Global Marketplace,” Keynote address, Southern Labor Studies Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 1999
“Tapping the Wizardry of American History,” Keynote address at Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Education, Long Beach, California, Jan. 29, 1999
“The Mayans of Morganton: Exploring Worker Identity Within the Global Marketplace,” Annual Meeting of the OAH, Indianapolis, April 2-5, 1998
Lecture: “Liberation or Social Control? Worker Education and the Puzzle of the Progressive Intellectual,” Yale University History Department, Jan. 22, 1998
“Early Labor Studies and the Dual Search for Legitimacy,” Annual Meeting, Industrial Relations Research Association, Chicago, Jan.3-5, 1998
Chair and Comment: Labor and Third Party Politics in the Populist Era: A Regional Perspective, Nineteenth Annual North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, Oct. 23-25, 1997
Chair and Comment: Teaching Labor History Roundtable, Southern Labor Studies Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, Sept. 26-28, 1997
Comment: Colombian Labor History and Political Culture, Fourteenth Annual Latin American Labor History Conference, Duke University, May 2-3, 1997
Comment: “Expanding Citizenship Through Testimony: The National Consumers’ League and Working Women in the 1920s and 1930s,” 90th Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians,San Francisco,April 19, 1997
Comment: “The Many-Headed Hydra in the Seventeenth Century Atlantic,” (paper presented by Marcus Rediker and Peter Linebaugh), Symposium on International Migration, Center for International Studies,Duke University, April 11, 1997
“Robert H. Wiebe’s The Search for Order: A Thirty Year Retrospective,” AHA Annual Meeting, Jan. 3, 1997, New York City
“Free to Do What? Changing Beliefs Towards the Free Labor System in Nineteenth Century America,” The Terms of Labor: Slavery, Serfdom, and Free Labor Conference, Washington University, St. Louis, Oct. 24-27, 1996
"A New Language for Labour?: W. Jett Lauck and the American Version of Social Democracy," Society for the Study of Labour History, Manchester, England, April 27, 1996
Chair/commentator, "Multi-National Capital, Trans-National
Labor?" IX Southern Labor Studies Conference, University of Texas at Austin, Oct. 26-29, l995
"Tapping the Wizardry of American History," Keynote Address, 3lst Annual ECU Symposium on History and the Social Studies, East Carolina University, Sept. 22, l995
“The Fearsome Public: Democratic Disenchantment and the Advance of Learning,” Culture and Democracy Conference, Reynolda House Museum of Modern Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, April 22, l995
Chair/commentator, “The European Left and the Allure of American History During the Cold War,” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Washington D.C., March 30-April 2, l995
Moderator, Labor History Network, Annual Social Science History Meeting, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 13-16, l994
Conference Co-Organizer, "Lessons of Work: New Approaches to the Study of Occupational Culture, Sept. 23-24, l994, UNC-Chapel Hill
"Pictures at an Exhibition: The Future of the Labor Question as Viewed at the Annual Conference of the International Labor Organization," Conference on Labor, Free Trade and Economic Integration in the Americas, Duke University, Aug. 25-27, l994.
"Labor at the Border: A Report Back from Matamoros," Forum sponsored by the Working Group on Labor and Free Trade in the Americas, Duke-UNC Program in Latin American Studies, UNC campus, Dec. 6, l993.
"A Philip Randolph: The New Negro and the Cult of Leadership" Southern Labor Studies Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, Oct. 21-24, l993.
"The Italian Connection: An American Historian's Encounter with Political Theory," International seminar on American History and the Social Sciences, co-sponsored by USIS and the Encyclopedia Italiana, Rome, Italy, Oct. 6-9, l993.
"Nueves Direcciones en la Estudia de los Trabajadores," Public Symposium on Mexican Labor History, sponsored by Centro de Investigacion Multidisciplinaria de Tamaulipas, October 1-2, l993.
"Latin American History in Comparative Perspective," Roundtable presentation, Tenth Annual Latin American Labor History Conference, Duke University, April 23-24, 1993.
"From Hoffa to NAFTA: The Roots of Labor's Crisis," Phi Alpha Theta Lecture, East Carolina University, Feb. 5, l993.
Conference organizer, "Seeing the World Whole: The Past and Present of the Social Disciplines," sponsored by the UNC Program in Social Theory and Cross-Cultural Studies, December l992.
"Culture's Next Stand: Gender and the Search for Synthesis in American Labor History," Plenary Session, North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, October 17-19, l991,
Panelist, "Workshop: Labor Recruitment and Factory Labor: The International Context," Southern Labor Studies Conference, Atlanta, October 10-13, l991.
“U.S. Workers and a Free Trade Agreement: Some Historical Caveats,” Workshop on the Implications of a North American Free Trade Agreement, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de Mexico, Feb. l991
Commentator, "African-American Workers in Richmond," Papers by Peter Rachleff and Suzanne Schnittman. Southern Historical Association, New Orleans, Nov. 1-3, l990.
Commentator, "American Labor Law History," Papers by William A. Forbath, Amy Dru Stanley, and Robert J. Steinfeld. American Society for Legal History, Chicago, October 19-20, l990.
"The Creation of Labor History: A Situational Approach to the Wisconsin School of Labor Economics," Annual meeting of the OAH, Washington D.C, March 23-25, l990.
"'Intellectuals vs. Workers': The Wisconsin School and the Creation of Labor History," Perspectives on Labor History Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, March 9-10, l990.
"Race, Gender, and Unions in Hospitals and Health Care Occupations," Duke University Comparative Labor Studies Forum, Nov. 17, l989.
"The Ecstacy and the Agony of New York City's Hospital Workers," Brown Bag Lunch Series, Center for Labor-Management Policy Studies, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Feb. 15,l989.
Commentator, The Future of the European Left Conference, Duke University, January 20, l989.
Commentator, "Class, Gender and Reform in Southern Textile Communities," (Papers by Marion Roydhouse and LeeAnn Whites), Annual Meeting, Southern Historical Association, New Orleans, 1987.
"Labor, Liberty and the Law," in the Shadow of the Statue of Liberty Conference, Paris, France, October 1986; Constitutionalism and American Life Symposium, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 1986.
"Class and the Nature of Late 19th Century U.S. Politics," Commentator on papers by Shelton Stromquist, Richard Schneirov and Richard Oestreicher, OAH Annual Meeting, New York City, April 1986.
Commentator, "Intellectuals and the Labor Question," (paper by George M. Fredrickson), AHA Annual Meeting, New York City, 1985.
"Ideology and the Concept of Class," Conference on Modernization sponsored by Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China, Airlie, Virginia, July 7-10, l985.
"Gramsci and the Gilded Age:Power, Culture, and the Limits of Consent," U.S. Working Class History and Contemporary Labor Movement Symposium, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Oct. 23-25, 1985.
Panelist, Knights of Labor in Canada and the United States:A Discussion of Dreaming of What might Be and Workingmen's Democracy:The Knights of Labor and American Politics, Social Science History Association, Ninth Annual Meeting.Oct. 25-28, 1984, Toronto, Ontario.
"Looking Backward:Reflections on Workers' Culture & The Conceptual Dilemmas of the New Labor History," Research Conference on the Future of American Labor History, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Oct. 10-12, 1984.
"The Vanishing Proletariat:Recent Views of Working-Class Culture," International Conference on Critical Thoughts of Society and Culture in the U.S. and West Germany since the 1960s, Center for North American Studies and Research, Univ. of Frankfurt (Main) June 18-23, 1984.
"America's Labor Unions:Current Dilemmas and Future Prospects," John E. Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin, June 16, 1984.
"The Labor Movement in the Gilded Age," University of Paris (Creteil), April 14, 1984.
"Business Values and Work Ethics:Struggle for the Cultural High Ground" seminar on American Managerial Culture, Center for American Studies, Rome, Italy, March 5-9, 1984.
"Bullets and Ballots:Worker Mobilization and the Path to Municipal Socialism, Milwaukee, Wisconsin," Paper, Why Is There No Socialism in the United States?Conference, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, May 25-27, 1983.
"Labor Systems and the State," Moderator-commentator, Seventh Annual Political Economy of the World System Conference, Center for International Studies, Duke University, March 30-April 1, 1983.
"1199B Hospital Workers Union," Conference on the History of the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina, Avery Institute, Charleston, 1982.
"Union Power, Soul Power:1199B and the Magnolia Curtain," Fourth Southern Labor Studies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia 1982.
"Working-Class Radicalism in the Gilded Age:Some Problems of Interpretation," Chicago Project Conference, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1981.
"Working Class Culture and Ideology," Commentator at OAH Annual Meeting, Detroit, 1981.
"The Uses of Political Power:Towards a Theory of the Labor Movement in the Era of the Knights of Labor," Knights of Labor Centennial Symposium, Newberry Library, Chicago 1979.
"Paternalism and the Factory System," Commentator at OAH Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 1979.
"Politics as Labor History:Labor Organization, Town Meeting, and Political Partisanship in 19th Century New England," Smith College Symposium on New England Social History, 1979.
"The Knights of Labor and the Transformation of American Politics," Canadian Historical Association Annual Conference, London, Ontario, 1978.
"The Old Labor History and the New," commentator, (paper by David Brody), OAH Annual Meeting, New York City, 1978.
"Labor History and the Unions," Panelist, New York State Labor History Association, New York City, 1977.
"Workingmen's Democracy and the Yankee Democracy," Rhode Island History Forum, Providence, 1977.
"The Making of a Union in the Voluntary Hospitals," (co-authored with Brian Greenberg), Southwest Labor Studies Conference, Tempe, Arizona, 1977.
"Black Migration and the Great Transformation:An Oral History of Southern Black and West Indian Workers in New York City," New England Oral History Association, 1976.
"Legacy of an Eight-Hour Movement:German, Poles, and the Origins of Municipal Socialism in Milwaukee,"Columbia University Seminar on Working-Class Studies, New York City, 1976.
"Talking About Work: Labor, Organizing, and Race in North Carolina," Forum at Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Feb. 11, 1998
"Going Global: American Business in a Borderless World," UNC Program in the Humanities, July 25, 1997
"Oral History and the Memory of the Working Class" presentation to UNC-CH Summer Institutue in the Humanities: Memory and History in Southern Culture, July 16, 1996
"Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous: Incorporating Working People into the U.S. History Survey," Presentation to North Carolina State Social Studies Association, Feb. 22-23, 1996
Consultant, "Hamlet--Out of the Ashes," documentary film funded through NC Humanities Council, l993-94
National Park Service. Creation of New Historical Thematic Framework. Summer l993
National Park Service. Labor History Theme Park Project. Summer l992
Expert testimony, Legislative Research Commission on Fire and Occupational Safety at Industrial and Commercial Facilities, Feb. 24, l992, Hamlet, N.C.
Consultant, "The Rise and Fall of the Roebling Empire," documentary film by Past Perspectives, application pending at NEH, l994
Consultant, "Radical Reformer--The Life of Charlotte Perkins Gilman," Diane Hendrix Film and Video Production, script submitted to NEH, l992
Consultant, "The Working People of Richmond," Valentine Museum exhibit, Gregg Kimball curator, Richmond, Virginia, l991-92
"Putting the Hamlet Tragedy in Historical Perspective," Hamlet Response Coalition Conference, Raleigh, October 9, l992
Advisor, 1934 General Textile Strike Film Project, l986-88
"Present Dilemmas and Future Prospects," Labor Leadership Seminar, sponsored by International Union of Operating Engineers, Durham, May l983
Consultant, American Working Class History Project (for community colleges, labor education), New York City, l982-83
Coordinator, "Sunbelt Challenge" conference on future social and economic policy choices for the region, Feb. l982
"The Plight of the Unions," address to state convention of the Communication Workers of America, Asheville, l981
Moderator, Four programs on Piedmont industrialization, sponsored by NC Office of Folklife Programs, l980-81
Participant, International Miners' Conference, Highlander Educational Center, Highlander, Tennessee, l979
Consultant, THREADS Project, NEH-funded educational program for textile workers in Erwin, N.C., l978-79