April 12-14
Sacramento, California, United States

LAWCHA will be present at the 2018 OAH in Sacramento, California. We have a full schedule of panels and events associated with the conference.

LAWCHA Reception and Panel (Friday, April 13th—6:00 PM-8:00 PM)

By Charles Koch’s own admission, universities play an integral role in the billionaire-funded radical right’s push to transform American politics and law. This panel will explain why the Koch donor network is now investing so heavily on campuses, what it is getting in return, and how students and faculty have begun organizing together to protect academic integrity and shared governance. Please join LAWCHA and UnKoch My Campus for this urgent discussion and reception to follow with food and drink.

  • Chair and Commentator: Dina M. Copelman, George Mason University
  • Nancy MacLean, Duke University
  • Matt Garcia, Dartmouth University
  • Steve Boyd, Wake Forest University
  • Lindsey Berger, UnKoch my Campus


LAWCHA Luncheon & Annual Meeting (Saturday, April 14—11:30 AM-1:00 PM)

The Luncheon will begin with LAWCHA’s Annual Meeting, including awarding of the Gutman, Taft, and Montgomery Prizes and brief updates from officers. This will be followed by James Gregory’s talk. Based on new insights from the online Mapping AmericanSocial Movements Project, this talk will reframe the history of the American Left in two ways. First, by emphasizing that for most
of the last century, radicalism in the United States has been based in multiple social movements not electoral parties. This social movement Left has been more discontinuous and more innovative than its counterparts in most countries and operates in different ways, achieving influence through alliances and through channels that have often involved the Democratic party. Second, by exploring the nation’s political geography. The Left has mattered in some places much more than others, and radical geography has changed over time. By paying attention to the institutional dynamics and geographic complexity of this social movement Left, we gain a fuller understanding of how it has operated and what it has accomplished over the past century.

  • Speaker: James Gregory, University of Washington, “Remapping the History of American Radicalism”


Taking Control of Capitalism in 20th Century Chicago (Thursday, April 12—11:00 AM-12:30 PM)

  • Chair and Commentator: Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
  • Betsy Schlabach, Earlham College: Policy Gambling as Black Women’s Work and Black Women’s Space
  • Abigail Trollinger, St. Norbert College: Unemployed Workers, Urban Reformers, and the Fate of Capitalism in 1930s Chicago
  • Rebecca Marchiel, University of Mississippi: Urbanites’ Fight for Capital during 1980s Financial Deregulation


Constructions of Citizenship and Belonging in the Repatriation Era (Thursday, April 12—12:45 PM-2:15 PM)

  • Chair and Commentator: Benny Andrés, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Marla Ramirez, San Francisco State University: Five Repatriation & Banishment Waves: Rethinking the Mexican Repatriation Program
  • Elizabeth Sine, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Envisioning Belonging in the Age of Expulsion: Grassroots Responses to Repatriation in 1930s California
  • Romeo Guzman, California State University, Fresno: Return Migration during the Great Depression: Citizenship, U.S.-Born Repatriates, and the State
  • Yuki Oda, Chuo University: Mexican-American Repatriation and Citizenship Cases


Bridging Race, Ideology, and Strategy: Coalitions from the Long 1960s to the Reagan Years (Thursday, April 12—2:45 PM-4:15 PM)

  • Chair: Lauren Araiza, Denison University
  • Commentator: Emily K. Hobson, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Allyson Brantley, University of La Verne: From Boycott to Buyouts: The Rise and Fall of the Coors Boycott Coalition in the 1980s
  • Rebecca Baird, Porterville College: Counterculture versus Establishment: Health Care and Cooperation in 1970s Los Angeles
  • Christian Paiz, University of California, Berkeley: The Nature of Victories: The United Farm Workers’ 1969 Coachella Strike and Its Promise of a New America
  • Aaron Bae, Arizona State University: To Serve Community and Campus: Nairobi and Venceremos Colleges and Third World Alliances for Self-Determination in the San Francisco Peninsula


Crimmigration: Exploring the Nexus of Carceral and Immigration Studies (Thursday, April 12—2:45 AM-4:15 PM)

This roundtable session explores the connections between criminality and mass incarceration, on the one hand, and migration, immigration, and mass detentions and deportations, on the other.  It examines these links in broad terms, tying in racial formations, labor systems, resistance, conquest, poverty, and public policy.  The conversation pushes beyond the black/white binary of much of carceral studies and the Anglo/Mexican or white/Latinx binaries of much of immigration studies.  It asks: What does it look like if we study mass deportations, the flows of and war on drugs, and the rise of mass incarceration simultaneously, and in conversation with one another?

  • Chair: Adam Goodman, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Kelly Lytle Hernández, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California, Merced
  • Elliott Young, Lewis and Clark College
  • Elizabeth Hinton, Harvard University


On Whose Terms?  Women Workers, Labor Rights, and Late 20th Century Capitalism (Friday, April 13—8:00 AM-9:30 AM)

  • Chair and Commentator: Katherine Turk, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Lane Windham, Georgetown University: Rosa the Retailer: Women, Unions and Resistance in the Retail Workforce
  • Joseph Hower, Southwestern University: “Betty the Bureaucrat?”: Clerical Workers and Comparable Worth in the 1970s
  • Traci Parker, University of Massachusetts Amherst: African American Women and the Sears, Roebuck and Company Affirmative Action Cases


Beyond the Monograph, Beyond the Margins: The Challenge of Interpretative and Inclusive Histories (Friday, April 13—10:00 AM-11:30 AM)

This roundtable brings together five scholars who are committed to presenting cutting edge research within their respective fields to non-academics. As experts in disability history, indigenous history, and Chicana/o history, they hope to deepen and broaden the public’s understanding of the American past by offering sweeping interpretative histories that challenge more familiar narratives. In pursuit of this goal, they individually have contributed to museum exhibitions, offered public lectures, and written surveys aimed at the widest possible audience.

  • Chair: Catherine J. Kudlick, California State University, San Francisco
  • Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Lorena Oropeza, University of California, Davis
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Independent Scholar-Activist
  • Kim E. Nielson, University of Toledo


Why Puerto Rico Matters to Historians of the United States (Friday, April 13—10:00 AM-11:30 AM)

Many Americans know little to nothing about Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans constitute the second largest Latino population in the United States. The history of Puerto Rico, however, often falls between the cracks separating United States and Latin American history, relegated to the margins of those fields. Bringing together scholars of United States, Latin American, and Puerto Rican history, this roundtable interrogates U.S. history forms that marginalize Puerto Rico, reconfigures
those approaches by placing Puerto Rico at their center, and highlights how new developments in the study of Puerto Rican history shed light on U.S. history narratives.

  • Chair: Van Gosse, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Lisa Materson, University of California, Davis
  • Teresita Levy, Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology


Re-Forming Narratives of the “Other California”: Race, Labor, and Civil Rights in California’s Central Valley (Friday, April 13—1:00 PM-2:30 PM)

California’s Central Valley is pejoratively known as the “other California.”  In so many ways the region is qualitatively distinct from its southern California and San Francisco Bay area neighbors.  From its history, culture, voting patterns, and economy, the region is distinct from coastal California and is often referred to as Appalachia West.  This panel discussion brings together four experts on the history of race, labor, and civil rights in California’s Central Valley.  Each panelist will frame a set of historical questions as to how their own research rethinks the history of race, labor, and civil rights in the “other California.”

  • Chair: Dawn Mabalon, San Francisco State University
  • Michael Eissinger, Fresno City College
  • Patrick Fontes, California State University, Fresno
  • Oliver A. Rosales, Bakersfield College


Transpacific Circulations of Japanese People and Foods (Friday, April 13—1:00 PM-2:30 PM)

  • Chair and Commentator: Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Meredith Oda, University of Nevada, Reno: Into the Suburbs: Japanese Americans, Residential Integration, and the U.S. Expansion of a Japanese Specialty Food
  • Robert Hegwood, University of Pennsylvania: Sukiyaki: Japanese Migration and the Global Circulation of Japanese Hot Pot
  • Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania: Hawaii’s Japanese Immigrants and an Origin of Colonial Taiwan’s Pineapple Industry
  • Mariko Iijima, Sophia University: People, Coffee Plants, and Production Skills before WWII


Don’t Blame Us…Again: Historical Perspectives on the Democratic Party and the Rise of Trump (Friday, April 13—3:00 PM-4:30 PM)

Using Lily Geismer’s 2015 book, Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party, as a starting point, the panel focuses on the history and future of the Democratic party in light of the 2016 election. Panelists will discuss, among other topics, Democrats’ retreat from New Deal liberalism and embrace of market-driven solutions to structural inequality since the 1970s; the loss of working- class white voters and struggle to build a multiracial and multiethnic coalition; the debate over “identity politics” and the mounting disillusionment of minority voters during the Obama presidency; and Republican dominance in local elections.

  • Chair: Andrew W. Kahrl, University of Virginia
  • Lily Geismer, Claremont McKenna College
  • Jason Sokol, University of New Hampshire
  • Brett Gadsden, Northwestern University
  • Sarah Milov, University of Virginia
  • Andrew W. Kahrl, University of Virginia


Labor and the University (Saturday, April 14—8:00 AM-9:30 AM)

This roundtable session brings together rank-and-file worker-leaders of university-based labor unions from across California who are organizing for dignity on the job—from regular and adjunct faculty to TAs to service and patient-care workers— and against the corporatization of higher education. They are also connecting their labor activism to a wide range of social justice movements, from #BlackLivesMatter to immigrant rights to LGBT struggles and beyond. And in so doing, they are forging a new model for democratic organizing to resist the neoliberal university and the erosion of public education.

  • Chair: Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University
  • Mia L. McIver, University of California, Los Angeles, and University Council–American Federation of Teachers
  • Gabi Kirk, University of California, Davis
  • Jeanelle Hope, University of California, Davis
  • Seth Patel, AFSCME Local 3299 


New Representations of Transnational Feminist History (Saturday, April 14—8:00 AM-9:30 AM)

In this roundtable, four historians and public intellectuals— Lauren L. Anderson, Eileen Boris, Erik S. McDuffie, and Premilla Nadasen—will draw on their own work to engage “new representations of transnational feminist history.” Building on the recent transnational scholarship that has enlivened and enriched the field of U.S. women’s and gender history, their conversation will underscore the complexity and breadth 
of twentieth-century transnational feminist history and its relevance today.

  • Chair: Katherine Marino, Ohio State University
  • Eileen Boris, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Erik S. McDuffie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Premilla Nadasen, Barnard College


Doing Immigration History in the Present Political Climate (Saturday, April 14—8:00 AM-9:30 AM)

  • Chair: Jack Chin, University of California, Davis School of Law
  • Commentator: Thomas Guglielmo, George Washington University
  • John O’Keefe, Ohio University–Chillicothe: From Research to Civic Engagement: Practical Steps for Historians and Everybody
  • Rachel Feinmark, Lower East Side Tenement Museum: Rethinking and Retelling Immigration and Citizenship in Public History
  • Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, Columbia University: Mexican-American, Agricultural Child Laborers in the Southwest and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938


Adios Amor—The Search for Maria Moreno (Saturday, April 14—10:00 AM-11:30 AM)

In Adios Amor, the discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine, Maria Moreno, a migrant mother who sacrificed everything but her twelve
kids in the struggle for farm worker justice. In the late 1950s,
at the height of the Cold War, Maria Moreno stepped out of the shadows and spoke up for 3 million farm workers living in poverty while they harvested the food for the most affluent nation in the world. Elected by a group of Okie, Arkie, black, Filipino, and Mexican farm workers to represent their demands for equal rights and fair pay, Maria took her crusade all the way to the halls of power in Washington, D.C. Although she was silenced and relegated to the sidelines of farm worker history, Maria Moreno left an inspiring legacy of multiethnic unity that is deeply resonant today.

After screening Adios Amor, filmmaker Laurie Coyle and historian advisers Vicki Ruiz and Devra Anne Weber will engage viewers in a conversation about how the film challenges conventional histories of the farm worker movement.

  • Laurie Coyle, Adios Amor Film Project
  • Vicki Ruiz, University of California, Irvine
  • Devra Anne Weber, University of California, Riverside


Working the Borderlands (Saturday, April 14—10:00 AM-11:30 AM)

“Working the Borderlands” considers the intersections between labor, migration, and the production of North America’s national, transnational, and multinational borderlands. We will explore how resource extraction, labor economies, commodity flows, and capitalist ecologies have informed the movement of people across the borderlands and have shaped the conditions and settings in which they work. Additionally, our panel examines the ways race, gender, and sexuality all shape and define border landscapes operating in a global economy. The roundtable features panelists who bring different perspectives (environmental, labor, cultural history), and regional emphases (U.S.-Mexico, Canada, Pacific borderlands) to the study of migration, labor, and borderlands.

  • Chair: Celeste Menchaca, Texas Christian University
  • Holly Karibo, Oklahoma State University
  • Laura D. Gutiérrez, University of the Pacific
  • Maria Quintana, San Francisco State University


Historians of Capitalism and Labor – A Conversation (Saturday, April 14—1:00 PM-2:30 PM)

The subfields of history that focus on labor and on capitalism certainly overlap in important ways, and yet they typically involve a different focus, framing questions, and methodology. This roundtable brings scholars from both fields to discuss what they can and should be learning from one another, as well as the opportunities for connecting the two subfields and for collaboration between the two. How might labor and working-class history benefit from looking more closely at corporate strategies or economic change? How might the history of capitalism benefit from more sustained attention to working-class politics, culture, and workplace action? The roundtable will take up these questions and more.

  • Chair and Panelist: Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Julie Greene, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Jennifer Klein, Yale University
  • Rudi Batzell, Lake Forest College
  • Bethany Moreton, Dartmouth College


What’s This Really About?  Histories of Food Politics in the Late Twentieth Century (Saturday, April 14—1:00 PM-2:30 PM)

  • Chair and Commentator: Lana Dee Povitz, Concordia University
  • Matt Garcia, Dartmouth College: Wrestling with El Pulpo: Honduras, United Fruit Company, and the Fight to Reform American Business
  • Laurie Green, University of Texas at Austin: When Obesity Was a Matter of Poverty, Not Individual Responsibility
  • Mario Sifuentez, University of California, Merced: Land, Food Security, and Water Rights in the Central Valley: George Ballis and the National Land for People Movement
  • Lana Dee Povitz, Concordia University: “An Opportunity to Get In On That Joy”: Food and Service at God’s Love We Deliver


Slavery, Animals, and Environmental Agency in the Atlantic World (Saturday, April 14—1:00 PM-2:30 PM)

  • Chair and Commentator: Kevin Dawson, University of California, Merced
  • Tyler Parry, California State University, Fullerton: “Erasing the Scent”: Canines and Slaves in the Slave South
  • Christopher Blakley, Rutgers University—New Brunswick: Plantation Nerves and Sinews: Science and Slaveholding in Barbados and Virginia, 1765–1800
  • Andrew Kettler, University of South Carolina: Transgressive Animals, African Survivals, and the Sensory Worlds of Obeah

Transnational Hispanic Anarchists: The North American Experience (Saturday, April 14—3:00 PM-4:30 PM)

  • Chair and Commentator: Kenyon Zimmer, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Kirwin Shaffer, Penn State University–Berks College: Red Florida in the Caribbean Red: Anarchist Politics and Hispanic Transnational Networks, 1892–1920
  • Montse Feu, Sam Houston State University: Spanish Anarcho-Syndicalists in New York: Exile and Anti- Francoism, 1936–1977
  • Christopher Castañeda, California State University, Sacramento: The New York–California Connection: Spanish Anarchists, Revolution, and the Radical Press, 1900–1930
  • Sonia Hernandez, Texas A&M University: Anarcho-syndicalism in the Gulf of Mexico: Caritina Piña, Esteban Mendez Guerra, and the Texas-Tamaulipas Borderlands


Coercion, Kidnapping, and Commodification: Discourses of Sexuality and Exploitation in the Antebellum North (Saturday, April 14—3:00 PM-4:30 PM)

  • Chair: Janet Farrell Brodie, Claremont Graduate University
  • Commentator: Sharon Block, University of California, Irvine
  • April Haynes, University of Wisconsin–Madison: From Madams to Matrons: Sex Work and Domestic Labor in the Northern United States, 1790–1848
  • Kara French, Salisbury University: Celibacy, Choice, and Coercion: The Sexual Identities of Catholic Nuns and Shaker Sisters, 1790–1860
  • Nicholas L. Syrett, University of Kansas: Kidnapping, Child Murder, and the Notorious Madame Restell


How Should We Remember Martin Luther King Jr.?  Fifty Years Since Memphis, His Controversial Life, Disputed Legacy, and Unfinished Agenda (Saturday, April 14—3:00 PM-4:30 PM)

  • Chair and Commentator: Martha Biondi, Northwestern University
  • Clayborne Carson, Stanford University: King’s Birmingham Campaign and Its Impact on His Legacy
  • Michael Honey, University of Washington Tacoma: Fifty Years since Memphis: Fighting for King’s Unfinished Agenda


Queer History and Race: A State of the Field Roundtable (Saturday, April 14—3:00-4:30 PM)

Historians have long noted the whiteness of queer history and the degree to which whiteness has often gone unremarked, making it the de facto norm in scholarship about queer life
in the United States. In recent years, however, scholars have produced groundbreaking work on queer people of color and centered intersectional analyses. This panel is a state
of the field roundtable that focuses on how different racial categories—African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, white—inform and transform queer history, and how, in turn, queerness is (or is not) incorporated into analyses of racial identity.

  • Chair: Jennifer Dominique Jones, University of Michigan
  • Julio Capó Jr., University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Sarah Haley, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Christina Hanhardt, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Amy Sueyoshi, San Francisco State University
  • Mark Rifkin, University of North Carolina at Greensboro