Conference Program

Thursday, May 30th

  • Board Meeting: 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Reception: 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Opening Plenary: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Friday, May 31st

  • 8:30-10am Panel Session
  • 10:15-11:45 Panel Session
  • 12:00-1:45: Lunch and Membership Meeting
  • 2:00-3:15 Panel Session
  • 3:30-4:45 Panel Session
  • 4:45-5:45: Reception
  • 6:00-7:30: Plenary

Saturday, June 1st

  • 8:30am-10:00am: Panel Session
  • 10:15am-11:45am: Panel Session
  • 12:00pm-1:45pm: Lunch and Plenary
  • 2:00pm-3:15pm: Panel Session
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm: Panel Session
  • 5:00pm-6:45pm: Plenary
Name Index

Detailed Schedule

Thursday, May 30th

  • 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Board Meeting
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm
    Reception
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Opening Plenary: Gender, Sex, and Enslavement Across the Americas
    Tera Hunter, Princeton University
    Yesenia Barragan, Dartmouth College/Rutgers University
    Sasha Turner, Quinnipiac University
    Deirdre Cooper Owens, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and The Library Company of Philadelphia Queens College-CUNY
    Chair: Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

Friday, May 31st

  • 8:30-10:00am

  • Wartime Strikes
    Businessman Credibility and Worker Solidarity in World War I-era Kansas City
    Jeff Stilley, University of Missouri
    The Asbestos Strike of 1916: The First Major Confrontation Between an International Union and an Emerging Catholic Labour Movement in Quebec, Canada
    Geoffrey Ewen, York University
    Re-Inventing Radicalism: Women Workers in the Great War
    Gary Girod, University of Houston
    Their Minds Were Poisoned: Montana’s War Years and the IWW Menace, 1914-1920
    Rich Aarstad, Montana Historical Society
    Chair/Commentator: Rachel Batch, Widener University
  • German Labour History on the Move: New Perspectives on Labour History, Transnationalism and Migration from Germany
    A Return of a Many-headed Hydra? Social Movements, Violence and Fear in Three Port Cities Hamburg, London, Seattle, 1900-1920s
    Klaus Weinhauer, University of Bielefeld
    Contested Papers: Identity and Work Documents for Labourers and Servants in the Habsburg Empire
    Sigrid Wadauer, University of Vienna
    Artisans on the Move, the Early German Labour Movement and Transnationalism, 1830-1848
    Juergen Schmidt, Humboldt University
    Chair: Stefan Berger, Ruhr University
    Commentator: Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan
  • Narrativity and Policy: Migrant Workers from the Progressive Era to the Great Depression
    The Worker: Walter Wyckoff and His Experiment in Reality
    Beau Driver, University of Colorado
    Paul Taylor’s Field Findings Concerning Mexican Labour in the Interwar United States: Insights from the Archive
    Naomi Calnitsky, Independent Scholar
    Welfare for the Wanderer?: Deservingness and Transiency during the Great Depression
    Ashley H. Dorn, University of Iowa
    Chair/Commentator: Tobias Higbie, UCLA
  • Capitalists, Workers, Family, and the Community in the Upper Midwest
    Transient Workers as Problem or Opportunity: The Dilemma of Maintaining Working-Class Communities on the Industrial Frontier, 1890-1918
    Jimmy Engren, Örebro University
    Americanization at Work: Making European Women Workers at Munsingwear Inc. in Minneapolis into “True,” White and Class-less Americans during WWI
    Lars Olsson, Linnaeus University
    The Most Wholesome of the Heartland: the Dairy Industry, Production, Work and Family in the Upper Midwest, 1830-2018
    Dionicio Valdés, Michigan State University
    Chair/Commentator: Jeff Helgeson, Texas State University
  • Social Unionism and the City
    Housing for Ourselves: The ACWA and the Struggle for Affordable Housing in New York City
    J Cephas, Northeastern University
    Make Librarians Seem Dangerous: AFSCME Local 1930’s Response to Fiscal Crisis and the Place of the Library in the Neoliberal City
    Julia Rabig, Dartmouth College
    Striking the Tents: Creating and Laboring in a Circus City
    Andrea Ringer, Tennessee State University
    Chair/Commentator: Karen Miller, LaGuardia Community College
  • Corporate Consolidation and Labor Conflicts in the Early 20th Century United States
    Visions of Party from Radical Republicanism to Debsian Socialism
    Daniel Schlozman, Johns Hopkins University
    Practices of Comparing in Labor Conflicts, 1910-1915
    Christopher Schulte-Schueren, Bielefeld University
    Harvesting Horizontal Integration: Labor Relations, Corporate Strategy, and the Great Merger Movement, 1890-1902
    Robert Kaminski, University of Chicago
    A Sound and True Economics: the Research Department of the American Federation of Labor and the Origins of Union Experts, 1910s-1920s
    Jiao Jiao, Shanghai University
    Chair/Commentator: Jarod Roll, University of Mississippi
  • Lightning Round: Rethinking Labor’s Challenges and Opportunities in the 1970s
    Socialist Horizons in the Struggle for Full Employment: the 1970s
    Michael Dennis, Acadia University
    Policing ‘Economic Migrants’: Haitians, Incarceration, and Labor in Miami, 1972-1980
    Brianna Nofil, Columbia University
    Extending the Timeline of Deindustrialization
    Jackson Allison, University of Massachusetts
    The Shock Absorbers of Neoliberalism: Women Public-Services Providers and Government Retrenchment
    Jane Berger, Moravian College
    H. Shelton Stromquist, University of Iowa
  • Internal and International Crossings of Workers Across the Globe
    Mapping Migratory Strikebreakers in the Printing Trades: Mobility and Kinship in a Labor Community
    Bridget Burke, University of Oklahoma
    Clandestine Labor Migration and Underdevelopment of African Migrants in Southern Africa: A Historical Perspective
    Ben-junior Chibhamu, University of Zimbabwe
    Canadian Commuters and the Politics of the US-Canada Borderland, 1920s-30s
    Thomas Klug, Marygrove College
  • Widening the Racial Wealth Gap: Black Farmers & Land Loss in the US South
    Personal Story: The Provosts
    Angela Provost, Provost Farm LLC
    Wenceslaus Provost Jr., Provost Farm LLC
    Comments/Historical Context
    Andrew Kahrl, University of Virginia
    Jermaine Thibodeaux, University of Texas at Austin
    Intro: Keri Leigh Merritt, Historian and Writer
    Chair: Adrienne Petty, College of William & Mary
  • 10:15-11:45am

  • Film and Roundtable: Talking for Justice! Maria Moreno and Restoring the Legacy of Migrant Women’s Activism
    Laurie Coyle, documentary filmmaker and writer
    Devra Weber, University of California-Riverside
    Mily Trevino Sauceda, Executive Director and co-founder, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (National Alliance of Farmworker Women)
    Eladio Bobadilla, Duke University
    Leticia Zavala, organizer, executive board Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
  • Families and Radicalism: Oral Histories, Archives, Forgotten Stories and Narratives of Resistance
    The Memorial Day Massacre: Stories They Never Told Me, Pictures I Couldn’t Help But See
    Carol Quirke, SUNY Old Westbury
    Resisting Nostalgia: Revelations of the Family Archive
    Michele Fazio, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
    Narratives of Parental Influence in Activist Life Stories: Breaking With/or Carrying on Family Traditions
    Paul Mishler, Indiana University
    Chair/Commentator: Marcella Bencivenni, Hostos College and City University of New York
  • Radical Politics and Working-Class Electoral Mobilization in the Depression-Era North
    “Revolt of the City”: Working-Class Mobilization and the Politics of Republican Accommodation in the 1930s
    Kristoffer Smemo, California State University-Dominguez Hills
    Ballot Box Radicalism and the Limits of the City: Pennsylvania Socialists in the Great Depression, 1927-1937
    Ian Gavigan, Rutgers University
    Socialism, Communism, and Anti-communism in the Cream City: Party conflicts and the working class in Depression-era Milwaukee
    Michael Billeaux, University of Wisconsin
    Chair/Commentator: Cecelia Bucki, Fairfield University
  • Meet the Journal Editors: Getting Published
    Submitting to the Pacific Historical Review
    Marc Rodriguez, Portland State University
    Submitting to Labor: Studies in Working Class History
    Leon Fink, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Working-Class Activism and the Promise of Progressive Politics
    Economics is What Carries You: Baltimore Service Workers and Economic Citizenship in the 1990s
    Dennis Deslippe, Franklin and Marshall College
    Engaging Workers: Anxieties over Working-Class Apathy & Action in Postwar Labor Cities
    Eric Fure-Slocum, St. Olaf College
    Road Not Taken: ACORN’s Campaign for Working-Class Political Representation
    Marissa Chappell, Oregon State University
    Chair/Commentator: Tula Connell, Independent Scholar
  • Organized Labor and Workers’ Education, Past and Present
    Books for Labor: The UAW’s Education Program and the Printed Word in the 1930s and 1940s
    Dominique Daniel, Oakland University
    Union Rivals, Union Games: The Sports Recreational Programs of the Communist-led Local 600 and the Socialist-led West Side Locals of the UAW in the 1930s and 40s
    James Robinson, Northeastern University
    Some Reflections on Teaching Labor History to Union Members after 2016
    John Lepley, United Steelworkers
    Chair/Commentator: Tobias Higbie, UCLA
  • Pushing Up from the Margins: Race, Gender, and Migration in Global Worker Struggles
    The Invisible Army: Third-Country Nationals and the U.S. Military in Iraq, 2003-Present
    Holger Droessler, Smith College
    Rallying for Rights: Black Garment Workers and the Push for a Permanent FEPC
    Janette Gayle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Organizing the High Seas: Race, Reading, and Radicalism Among Multiracial Ship Crews
    Adam LoBue, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Working-Class Radicalism in Colonial Madras: Growth of Working-Class Consciousness during 1920-1947
    Venugopal Reddy Kanchi, Pondicherry University
    Chair/Commentator: Daniel Katz, SUNY, Alfred State College
  • Bodies at Work
    Blue-collar Patients and the Making of the Care Economy in Pittsburgh
    Gabriel Winant, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    The Only Urine Sample You’ll Get From Me is For A Taste Test:” The War on Drugs and Biometric Surveillance of American Workers
    Jeremy Milloy, Trent University
    Water for Copper: Water Scarcity and Class Struggle in Early-Twentieth-Century Arizona
    Emma Teitelman, University of Cambridge
    Cash and Land, Homesteaders and Pensioners: (Dis)ability and Labor-Based State Welfare Schemes in the Late Nineteenth Century United States
    Casey Hedstrom, Princeton University
    Chair/Commentator: Jeannette Estruth, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • When Workers Speak: Oral History in Working-Class Community Research
    Misremembering Coal: The Ludlow Massacre and the 1927-1928 Columbine Strike
    Leigh Campbell-Hale, Independent Scholar
    Chicanos without Anglos: The Chicano Movement in Laredo, Texas
    Jasmine Delgadillo, Texas A&M International University
    Fighting for Farmworker Higher Education: An Oral History of Migrant Programs at a Hispanic-Serving Institution
    Andrew Hazelton, Texas A&M International University
    Chair/Commentator: Alyssa Ribeiro, Allegheny College
  • From The New South To The New Deal: Labor and Working Class Culture, 1919-1931
    The Boarders’ Revolt Of 1932
    Travis Byrd, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
    A Burning Question: Unionism and Southern Fundamentalists in the Great Depression
    Anderson Rouse, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
    The Quest For Streetcar Unionism In The Carolina Piedmont, 1919-1922
    Jeffery M. Leatherwood, American Military College
    Chair/ Commentator: Ken Fones-Wolf, West Virginia University
  • Migrant Farmworkers and the Sources of Workers’ Power
    Puerto Rican Migrant Farmworkers at the Heart of U.S. Empire
    Ismael García Colón, College of Staten Island and Graduate Center-CUNY
    La Causa in Translation: The UFW’s Organization of Florida Citrus Workers, 1972 to 1990
    Terrell Orr, University of Georgia
    It’s Like Slavery Time: A Seasonal Farmworker’s Precedent-Setting Fight for Personal Labor Mobility, 1980
    Karin Zipf, Eastern Carolina University
    Commentator: Susan L. Marquis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Chair: Cindy Hahamovitch, University of Georgia
  • 12:00pm-1:45pm
    Lunch and LAWCHA Membership Meeting
  • 2:00pm-3:15pm

  • Reading the Margins of the Party Paper: New Methodologies in Mexican Radical History
    Radical Realism, Anarchist Art, and the Artists of the Partido Liberal Mexicano’s Regeneración
    Rosalia Romero, Duke University
    Mexican Radicalism, Spanish Exiles and Revolutionary Internationalism in the Archives
    Kevan Aguilar, University of California-San Diego
    Preserving Prejudice: Archives and Sexual Politics in Mexico
    Robert Franco, Duke University
    Chair/Commentator: Dr. Alex Aviña, Arizona State University
  • Roundtable: Teaching Women’s Labor History
    Chair: Sarah McNamara, Texas A&M University
    Keona K. Ervin, University of Missouri
    Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi
    Katherine Turk, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Emily E.L.B. Twarog, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Jessica Wilkerson, University of Mississippi
  • Roundtable: The Inability to Move: What Historians can Learn from Economists about Unfree Labor
    Keri Leigh Merritt, Independent Scholar
    Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Suresh Naidu, Columbia University
    Marshall Steinbaum, Roosevelt Institute
  • Emergency: Current Threats to Democracy and Worker Rights in Brazil
    How Workers Came to Change the World, or at Least Brazil: Who’s Afraid of Trade Unionist and Former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva?
    John French, Duke University
    The Fight Against the Ongoing Brazilian Coup D’etat since the Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in 201
    Alexandre Fortes, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro
    Worker and Labor Rights Under Attack
    Paulo Fontes, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
    Subalterns and Counter-hegemonic Struggle: a Comparative Analysis of the History of Two Strikes in Fortaleza, Brazil, 1967-1968
    Marcelo Henrique Bezerra Ramos, Universidade Federal Fluminense
    Chair: Wesley Hogan, Duke University Center for Documentary Studies
  • The Dramatic Media’s Representations of Workers, Unions and Labor Conflict in 1950s America
    Class Condescension or Affectionate Solidarity? Representation of Labor in 1950s American Musical Theater
    Eric Kaufman, Ohio State University
    Waterfronts and Garment Jungles: Reconsidering Unions and Gangsters in Postwar Film
    Kathy Newman, Carnegie Mellon University
    Framing Corruption and Conflict for Audience: A Screenwriter’s Process
    Catherine Rios, Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg
    Commentator: Lisa Phillips, Indiana State University
    Chair: David Witwer, Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg
  • Labor Histories of Disaster
    The Labor Politics of Cholera in Postemancipation Jamaica
    Christienna Fryar, University of Liverpool
    Black Labor and Red Cross Recovery after the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893
    Caroline Grego, University of Colorado-Boulder
    Anything We Need: The Role of All-Hazard Inmate Firefighters in Emergency and Disaster Response
    J. Carlee Purdum, Louisiana State University
    Chair/Commentator: Jacob Remes, New York University
  • Rethinking 1919 After 100 Years: Labor Revolt and Repression in the U.S. and Beyond
    Chair: Kenyon Zimmer, University of Texas-Arlington
    Julie Greene, University of Maryland-College Park
    Jennifer Luff, University of Durham
    Dorothy Sue Cobble, Rutgers University
    Craig Heron, York University
  • Lightning Round: Interrogating Categories: Labor In-Flux in China and India
    The Remaking of Socialist Industrial Proletariats
    Bing Xia, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    External to the Economy?: Women’s Work in the Industrial Economy of Colonial India
    Priyanka Srivastava, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    Proletarian Militancy and Social Reproduction in India: Incorporating Gendered Labor and Nature
    Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University
    Understanding the Crisis Experience: Female Workers, Migration, and Resistance in China after 2008
    Zhongjin Li, University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Conservation as Dispossession: Locating the Monument within Delhi’s Rural Landscapes
    Ragini Jha, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    The Undercommons of the University: Knowledge Economy and the Differentiation of Labour in India
    Swati Birla, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    Shelton Stromquist, University of Iowa
  • Approaching the Public Sector in the Late Twentieth Century
    The Intimacies of Home: Regulated Housing, Domestic Space, and At-Home Care in the Era of AIDS
    Salonee Bhaman, Yale University
    “Privatization Through the Back Door”: AFSCME Local 207, Urban Austerity, and the Water Crisis in Southeast Michigan
    Josiah Rector, Northland College
    Breaking Bad: Teachers’ Unions, Racial Inequality and the Rise of the Right in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1965-1985
    Eleni Schirmer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    The “Poor Man’s University” and the War on Poverty: Public Libraries Confront Social Inequality
    Jeff Wheeler, University of Illinois at Chicago
    The Public Hospital and the Safety-Net Welfare State
    Amy Zanoni, Rutgers University
    Commentator: Nancy MacLean, Duke University
    Chair: William Jones, University of Minnesota
  • The Adjunct Revolt: Organizing in the Academy
    Nothing to Lose: Organizing from a Place of Privilege in the Academy
    Sarah Grunberg, Ithaca College
    Workers Control in the Academy: Some Considerations in Light of Graduate Worker Organizing at Columbia University
    Jason Resnikoff, Columbia University
    Management Consultants in the Academy: Clerical Organizing at Boston University
    Amanda Walter, Wayne State University
    Chair/Commentator: Tula Connell, Independent Scholar
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm

  • Southern Latinidades: New Directions in the Nuevo South
    Chair: Cindy Hahamovitch, University of Georgia
    Perla Guerrero, University of Maryland
    Cecilia Márquez, New York University
    Yalidy Matos, Rutgers University
    Sarah McNamara, Texas A&M University
    Iliana Yamileth Rodriguez, Yale University
  • Culture and Working-Class Narratives
    Medicine for all Tired Trade Unionists: American Unions and Theatre, 1920-1950
    Lisa Milner, Southern Cross University
    Oral History: Working Class Communities, Remembering Place and Practice
    Ron Lambert, Federation University Australia-Gippsland
    Speed Up Will Set You Free: The Automation Narrative in the Postwar United States
    Jason Resnikoff, Columbia University
    The Changing News Narrative about U.S. Workers, 1960-2000
    Christopher Martin, University of Northern Iowa
    Media, Trade Unions and the Italian Populists Venture
    Francesco Nespoli, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
    Commentator: Robert Bruno, University of Illinois
  • Revisiting AFL-CIO Interventionist Activities in Latin America
    El Golpe:The Coup at Ford Mexico 1989/1990
    Rob Mckenzie, UAW International Staff, retired
    AFL-CIA: Examining AIFLD’s Extensive Role in the Overthrow of Salvador Allende
    Ruth Needleman, Indiana University
    Examining My Brother Mike Hammer’s AIFLD Files: Revisiting the role of the AFL-CIO in subverting the working class and peasant movements in Latin America
    Frank Hammer, UAW International Staff, retired
    Chair/Commentator: Aviva Chomsky, Salem State University
  • Taking Labor History Home: Rewards, Challenges, Opportunities
    Chair: Priscilla Murolo, Sarah Lawrence College
    Ana Avendaño, United Way Worldwide
    Toni Gilpin, Labor Historian, Writer
    Sandra Jeong Lane, Communication Workers of America
    Sarah Markey, NEA Rhode Island, The Collective
    Kate Shaughnessy, Leadership Development Coordinator, AFL-CIO
    Marcelle Grair, Boston Teachers Union
  • Women and Workplace Activism in the Postwar U.S.: Persistent Efforts to Move Systems
    Organizing While Marginalized: Gloria Maldonado and Lucy Sledge in the Textile and Garment Industry, 1960s-1970s
    Aimee Loiselle, UConn, Storrs and Wesleyan University
    African-American Women and Workplace Discrimination in the 1970s and 1980s
    Traci Parker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    Claiming Veterans’ Status: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II in the 1960s-1970s
    Sarah Myers, Saint Francis University
    Household Technicians and Housewives: Liberation Movements and Domestic Labor in the Civil Rights Era
    Lindsay Bartkowski, Temple University
    Communications Workers of America: Fighting Call Center Outsourcing in the 1990s
    Debbie Goldman, University of Maryland
    Organizing on the Margins: The National Domestic Workers Union of America and the Roots of Intersectional Labor Activism in the 1970s
    Shannon Dade, Savannah College of Art and Design
    Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Lone Star College
  • I was in the Presence of Courage: Labor Organizing After Freedom Summer
    Newlywed Learning to Be a Wife
    Diane Crothers
    The Challenges of Labor Organizing
    Nan Grogan Orrock
    Organizational Roots of the Whiteville Project
    Gene Guerrero
    Being White and Male after Freedom Summer
    Dick Landerman
    Chair/Commentator: Jacquelyn Hall, University of North Carolina
  • The Work of Freedom: Recent Histories of Revanchism and Resistance at the Grassroots
    Resisting Austerity through School-Community Alliances
    Nick Juravich, New-York Historical Society
    Federalism and Policing Under the First White President
    Will Tchakirides, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Rhetorics and Realities of the Militarized Border
    John Terry, South Texas College
    Digital Boots on the Ground: How a Conservative Eco-system Fuels Trump
    Jen Schradie, Sciences Po-Paris
    Building a Broad-Based Labor Community for Worker Resistance
    Naomi R Williams, Rutgers University
    Chair/Commentator: Joseph Walzer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Labor History as Collaborative Intellectual Work: A Roundtable to Honor Leon Fink and Susan Levine
    Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University Scott Nelson, University of Georgia
    Emily E. LB. Twarog, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Gregory Kealey, University of New Brunswick
    Sarah Rose, University of Texas-Arlington
    Will Jones, University of Minnesota
  • Taking Labor History Public
    Recovering the Labor History of Child Care in the 1970s
    Richard Anderson, The Pennsylvania State University
    Places of Labor as Engines for Activism
    Rachel Donaldson, The College of Charleston
    Labor History and the National Park Service: Reporting from the Field
    Eleanor Mahoney, National Park Service
    Chair/Commentator: Kit Smemo, California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • Gender and the CIO: Rethinking Women’s Union Organizing in the Industrial Union Movement
    “Democratic Initiatives:” Black Women’s Organizing under the CIO
    Jenny Carson, Ryerson University
    Marginalization at the Center: Katherine Ellickson and the Making of the CIO’s Postwar Program
    Kristina Fuentes, London School of Economics
    We Found We Had Many Friends in Common:” Miss Lucy of the CIO and Her Middle-Class Allies
    Mary M. Báthory Vidaver, University of Mississippi
    Chair/Commentator: Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University
  • 4:45pm-5:45pm
    Reception
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Plenary: Labor Activism in North Carolina
    Roz Pelles, Poor People’s Campaign, Repairers of the Breach, and former Director of Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Department, AFL-CIO
    MaryBe McMillan, President, NC State, AFL-CIO
    And other special guests, TBA

Saturday, June 1st

  • 8:30-10:00am

  • Digital Labor History Incubator: Workshop on Historical Sources as Data
    James Gregory, University of Washington
    Tobias Higbie, UCLA
    Vilja Hulden, University of Colorado
    Chair: Vilja Hulden, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Labor(ing) on the Margins in the Postwar United States
    Safe Streets, Safe Cities”: Regulating Street Vending in New York City, 1965
    Jess Bird, CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies
    Fighting “the Real Enemy”: Mexican Americans, Undocumented Workers, and The Struggle for Immigrants Rights after 1965
    Eladio Bobadilla, Duke University
    Trading Places: How Steelworker Job Loss Created Pittsburgh’s Service Economy
    Gabriel Winant, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    The Union’s (Sweat) Shops: Organizing Garment Workers in New York’s Chinatowns at the turn of the 21st Century
    Minju Bae, Temple University
    Chair/Commentator: Lane Windham, Georgetown University
  • A People’s History of Emergent Movements – And Our Roles in Them
    La Lucha Sigue: The Struggle for Immigrant Rights in Deep South Texas
    Claudia Rueda, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
    Unite and Strike for Basic Needs: Chicago Hotel Workers and the 2018 Hotel Strike
    Emily E. LB. Twarog, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    March for Our Lives: New Faces Confront Old Challenges
    Aaron Fountain, Indiana University-Bloomington
    The Long History of #MeToo: Movement Building against Sexual Harassment and Assault
    Beth Robinson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
    Teachers’ Strikes: The ABCs of Movement Building
    Tom Alter, Texas State University-San Marcos
    “No Jobs on a Dead Planet”: Environmental Movements and the Fight for Our Future
    Dawson Barrett, Del Mar College
    Moderator and Chair: Paul Ortiz, University of Florida
  • Rethinking the First Red Scare a Century Later
    The Russian Anarchists and the First Red Scare
    Mark Grueter, Simon Fraser University
    The Greatest Menace that the American Labor Movement Has Ever Faced: The Workers Defense Union Campaign against Deportations during the First Red Scare
    Mary Anne Trasciatti, Hofstra University
    Reframing the First Red Scare: American Deportees and the Global Interwar Left
    Kenyon Zimmer, University of Texas at Arlington
    Chair: Fraser Ottanelli, University of South Florida
    Commentator: Christina Heatherton, Barnard College
  • Movement, Cultural Identity, and Class in Contemporary Television
    “How Could I Ever Compete?”: Adolescence, Educational Disparity, and Resistance in Orange is the New Black’s “Sing It, White Effie”
    Allison Estrada-Carpenter, Texas A&M University
    Moving Up: Neoliberalism, Place, and Sexuality in Queer Eye
    Landon Sadler, Texas A&M University
    Black (Working-Class) Blues in Disney’s The Proud Family
    Nicole Jackson Wilson, Texas A&M University
  • An Enduring Dialectic: Labor, Class, and Racial Identity Across Time and Space in the Post-Civil War United States
    Walking Gendered Whiteness: Parades, Irish Workers, and (De)legitimized Power in Postbellum New York City
    Emma Rothberg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    A Gray Area: Racial Reformation in Southern Labor Organizing After the 1960s Civil Rights Movement
    Jennifer Standish, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Representative Justice: Chicanas Breaking Barriers for Inclusion in Government and the Civil Rights Movement
    Tiffany González, Texas A&M University
    Unholy Gospel: The Radical Songs Of The Industrial Workers Of The World
    Ben Fortun, Columbia University
    Commentator: David Zonderman, North Carolina State
    Chair: Sharon Eaves, College of Charleston
  • Creative Responses to Attacks on Labor in the 1970s and early 1980s: Textile Workers, Farm Workers, Labor Activists, and New Left Corporate Researchers
    Severing the Ties: Strategic Research and the Making of ACTWU’s J. P. Stevens Corporate Campaign, 1974-1980
    Grace Davie, Queens College
    Sparks at Twilight: Union Elections in Southern California’s Vineyards and the (Denied) Promise of Utopian Futures, 1977-83
    Christian Paiz, University of California-Berkeley
    Workers’ Rights, Corporate Responsibility, and the Carolina Brown Lung Association in the 1970s South
    Joey Fink, High Point University
    Commentator: Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Across Piney Woods, Delta, and Texas Landscapes: African American Mobility within the South
    The Hardest Work I Ever Did: Black Laborers and Peonage in the Missouri Delta
    Heidi Dodson, University at Buffalo
    Movement, Radicalism, and Culture in the Piney Woods
    David Mac Marquis, College of William & Mary
    Laboring in the Lone Star State: African American Female Domestics in Texas, 1890-1940
    Camesha Scruggs, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Arkansas Fever: The Migrant Roots of Rural Black Protest in the New Cotton South
    Story Matkin-Rawn, University of Central Arkansas
    Chair/Commentator: Lisa Krissoff Boehm, Bridgewater State University
  • Waves of Revolution: Transpacific Radicals and the Struggles Against Capitalist Empires
    Imagining a Revolutionary Community: Crisanto Evangelista and Radical Internationalism
    Allan Lumba, Virginia Tech University
    From Brussels to Batangas: Communist, Labor, and Anti-imperial Politics in the Interwar Era
    Colleen Woods, University of Maryland-College Park
    Sen Katayama, a Transpacific Radical
    Hiroaki Matsusaka, University of Michigan
    Chair/Commentator: Karen Miller, CUNY-Laguardia
  • Accommodating Difference: Working-Class Culture and Organizing Between the Wars
    T-Bone Slim: Singing from the Shadows
    John Westmoreland, Independent Researcher
    Beyond Jimmie Higgins: An Examination of Ben Hanford’s Rhetorical Contributions to the 20th Century American Working Class
    Stephanie Riley, University of South Carolina
    Physically unfit or highly employable? Debating Invisible Disabilities, Employability, and Veterans’ Rehabilitation after the Great War
    Sarah Rose, University of Texas-Arlington
  • Anti-Racist Workers’ Organizing in the era of Civil Rights
    Rise, Fall, and Rise of Anti-racism in Manchester, 1944-1969
    Geoff Brown, Independent Scholar
    Maintaining Jim Crow Craft Unionism in the Civil Rights Era: Showdown at Hunts Point Terminal Market
    Christopher Hayes, Rutgers University
    Striking for Respect: Black Women Hospital Workers in Charleston
    Jewell Debnam, Morgan State University
    Chair/Commentator: Christina Greene, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 10:15am-11:45am

  • Workshop: How to Write Opinion Pieces for the Mainstream Press and Media
    Lane Windham, Georgetown University
    Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Mexicans in the Great Plains: Migration, Labor, Activism, and the Making of Home
    Mexicans in the Making of the Modern Southern Plains
    Joel Zapata, Southern Methodist University
    ‘Little Texas’ to ‘Little Chihuahua’: Mexican Migration and Immigrant Rights Organizing in Eastern New Mexico
    Aimee Villarreal, Our Lady of the Lake University and Marina Piña, Somos Un Pueblo Unido-Roswell
    Mobility on the Plains: Mexican Seasonal Labor and Strategies of Persistence in Kansas and Nebraska, 1900-1940
    Bryan Winston, Saint Louis University
    Chair/Commentator: Perla Guerrero, University of Maryland
  • American Radicalism, Anti-Imperialism and Working-Class Internationalism during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
    The Making of a Radical: Agnes Smedley and the Transnational Movement to End British Rule in India, 1912-1919
    David Brundage, University of California-Santa Cruz
    Must They Go? American Socialism and the Racialization of Chinese Labor in the United States, 1876-1890
    Lorenzo Costaguta, University of Birmingham
    Mapping out the Horizons of Internationalism: Class Formation, Race, and the National Debate on Immigration & Immigration Restriction, 1896 to 1924
    Kyle Pruitt, University of Maryland-College Park
    Chair/Commentator: Andrew Zimmerman, George Washington University
  • International Influences: US Labor and Economic Policy in a Transnational Context
    Development, the Dollar Gap, and the CIO Response to the Private Investment Imperative in US International Economic Policy, 1949-1954
    Melanie Sheehan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Translating Equality: Scandinavian Active Labor Market Policy in the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 1961-1963
    Byron Rom-Jensen, Aarhus University
    ‘Not this NAFTA!’: American Labor and the Politics of Globalization in the 1990s
    Jacqueline Brandon, Princeton University
    Chair/Commentator: Dorothy Sue Cobble, Rutgers University
  • Controlling Internal Migration: Class, Identity, and Space in Capitalist Economies
    Policing Footloose Rebels: Internal Migration in the Early Twentieth-Century Pacific Northwest
    Betsy Pingree, Boston College
    Miami’s Winter Playground Blues: Home Labor Protectionism and the Hobo Express, 1926-1937
    Thomas Castillo, Coastal Carolina University
    Migrants, Work and Identity: A Study in Mumbai
    Shahana Purveen, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
    Chair/Commentator: Toby Higbie, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area: Author Meets Critics
    Keona Ervin, University of Missouri
    Elizabeth Esch, University of Kansas
    Robert Korstad, Duke University
    Alex Lichtenstein, Indiana University
    Klaus Weinhauer, University of Bielefeld
    Author Response: Peter Cole, Western Illinois University
  • Labor and Radical History: Arguments for a Usable Past
    Intersectional Working-Class Organizing in the YWCA, 1910s-1940s
    Dorothea Browder, Western Kentucky University
    The Radical Past in Public History
    Rosemary Feurer, Northern Illinois University
    Silk Stockings and Socialism: How Philadelphia’s Hosiery Workers Merged Popular Culture, Community, and the Fight for Social Justice
    Sharon McConnell-Sidorick, Independent Scholar
    Chair/Commentator: Jonathan Kissam, United Electrical, Radio, Machine Workers
  • Perspectives on Teamsters History In the 1930s, the Civil Rights Era and the Recent Past
    Chicago Teamsters Local 705: Rank and File Reform and Recent Teamsters History
    Robert Bruno, University of Illinois
    Teamsters Local 878 and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas’s Black Belt, 1964-1944
    Michael Pierce, University of Arkansas
    Reconsidering the Teamsters of the 1930s: A Second Look at Daniel Tobin’s Famous “rubbish” Comment
    David Witwer, Penn State Harrisburg
    Chair: Eric Arnesen, George Washington University
    Commentator: Liesl Orenic, Dominican University
  • Lightning Round: Global Women’s Work
    Mary Frederickson, Emory University
    Susan Levine, Emerita, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Beth English, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    Olga Sanmiguel Valderrama, University of Cincinnati
    Brigid O’Farrell, Independent Scholar
    Xiodan Zhang, City University of New York’s York College
    Katiuscia Moreno Galhera, Universidade Estadual de Londrina
  • Insurgent Traditions, Radical Unions, and Coalition-Building in Early Twentieth-Century North America
    Black America’s New Deal Congressmen: Ghettoization, “Interest-Convergence,” and the Limits of Twentieth-Century Civil Rights Reform
    Michael Brandon, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
    White Wobblies and Black Strikers: IWW Sailors as Emissaries of Industrial Unionism
    Jasper Conner, College of William and Mary
    An Indigenous Union: The Emergence of the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia
    Chantal Norrgard, Independent Scholar
    “Always Somebody Willing to Take the Chance”: The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union and Radical Traditions in the Old Southwest
    Matt Simmons, University of Florida
    From Community Formation to Coalition Building: Race and Solidarity in San Francisco’s 1934 Maritime and General Strikes
    Elizabeth Sine, California Polytechnic State University
    Chair: Daniel Schlozman, Johns Hopkins University
    Commentator: Tejasvi Nagaraja, Harvard University
  • Public Sector Labor History from the New Deal to Janus
    CIO’s State County Municipal Workers of America: Organizing and Collective Bargaining during the New Deal
    William Herbert, Hunter College, CUNY
    The Use of International Law to Challenge Restrictions on Public Sector Strikes: TWU v. Taylor Law
    Ashwini Sukthankar, UNITE-HERE
    State Workers Confront Privatization
    Puya Gerami, Yale University
    Chair/Commentator: Katherine Turk, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Rank-and-File Movements, Wildcat Strikes, and Union Insurgencies
    The Union of the Future: The Politics of the Presidency in a Public Sector Union, 1958-1964
    Joseph Hower, Southwestern University
    New Opportunities and New Challenges: The IBP Strike of 1969 and Latino Migration to Small-Town Nebraska
    Michelle Martindale, Purdue University
    Organizing a Wildcat: The 1970 U.S. Postal Strike
    Philip Rubio, North Carolina A&T State University
    Chair and Commentator: Gordon Mantler, George Washington University
  • 12:00pm-1:45pm
    Lunch and Plenary Session: Contingent and Independent Scholars
    The Reality of Independent Scholars
    Keri Leigh Merritt, Independent Scholar
    Building Tenure-Track Support for Adjunct Faculty
    Naomi Williams, Rutgers University
    Adjunct Action: U-Mass, UAW and Union Power
    Tess George, Union of Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts-Lowell/UAW
    Contingent Faculty and the Politics of Education
    Claire Goldstene, LAWCHA Committee on Contingent Faculty
    Commentator: Tula Connell, Independent Scholar
  • 2pm-3:15pm

  • Whither Labor History: New Spirits in the Field
    Listening, Learning, and Collaborating: Writing Puerto Rican Labor History
    Emma Amador, University of Connecticut
    Looking White, Seeing Red: Combatting Historical Determinism in the Age of the Alt-Right
    Max Fraser, Dartmouth College
    Reviving Nineteenth-Century US Labor History
    Stacey Smith, Oregon State University
    Intersectionality and Labor
    Naomi R Williams, Rutgers University
    The New Labor History and Neoliberalism
    Gabriel Winant, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Chair/Commentator: Eileen Boris, University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Race, Immigration, and the New South Labor Question in the Age of Mass Restriction
    From Ellis Island to Sunnyside Plantation, Arkansas: The Office of Labor Information and Protection for Italians
    Lauren Braun-Strumfels, Raritan Valley Community College
    The Crack in The Door of Hope: US Immigration Policy and the Southern Immigration Movement, 1906-1907
    J. Vincent Lowery, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
    The Negro Problem and the Immigrant Solution: Black Labor and Southern Immigration Advocates, 1880-1914
    Bluford Adams, University of Iowa
    Chair/Commentator: Cindy Hahamovitch, University of Georgia
  • Teaching Labor’s Story: A Workshop Session
    Randi Storch, SUNY-Cortland
    Nikki Mandell, LAWCHA
    Cecelia Bucki, Fairfield University
    Toby Higbie, UCLA
    Emily Liebe, Seattle University
    Lisa Phillips, Indiana State University
    Robyn Muncy, University of Maryland-College Park
    Thai Jones, Columbia University
    Nick Juravich, New York Historical Society
  • UCAPAWA/FTA: America’s Most Ambitious Civil Rights Union, Part 1: New Case Studies
    Elusive Justice in the Colorado Beet Fields
    Bernadette Perez, Princeton University
    Working-Class Women of Color and Depression-Era Labor Militancy in the Nut Shelling Industry
    Keona Ervin, University of Missouri
    Defying All Authority: Labor Struggles, Gender, and Race in Rural Maryland, 1935-1945
    Anne Lessy, Yale University
    The Legacy of the Charleston Cigar Factory Strike 1945-1946
    Dwana Waugh, Sweet Briar College
    Commentator: Sarah Deutsch, Duke University
    Chair: Jarod Roll, University of Mississippi
  • Lightning Round: Race, Gender, and Difference Inside the Labor Union and the Workplace
    Unseen, Unheard: Women in the Franco-American Anarchist Movement
    Spencer M. Austin, Stony Brook University
    Gender and the Working Class in the Catholic Labor School Movement
    William S. Cossen, The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    “One of the Greatest Things to Have Happened in the History of Labor:” The New York State Commission Against Discrimination’s Integration of New York City’s Stagecraft Unions?
    Caroline Propersi-Grossman, Stony Brook University
    Jim Crow’s Craftsmen: The National Labor Relations Board, the Craft Severance Movement, and the Backlash Against Civil Rights Unionism, 1950-1955
    Bryant Etheridge, Bridgewater State University
    Race, Competition, and Deindustrialization in Midcentury Brooklyn: The Case of American Safety Razo
    Andy Battle, CUNY Graduate Center
  • A Global History of Runaways: Workers, Mobility, and Capitalism, 1600-1850
    Desertion of European Sailors and Soldiers in Early Eighteenth-Century Bengal
    Titas Chakrabarty, Duke Kunshan University
    Between the Mountains and the Sea: Knowledge, Networks, and Transimperial Desertion in the Leeward Archipelago, 1627-1727
    James Dator, Goucher College
    “He says that if he is not taught a trade, he will run away”: Recaptured Africans, Desertion and Mobility in the British Caribbean, 1808-1828
    Anita Rupprecht, University of Brighton
    More Dangerous for the Colony Than the Enemy Himself: Military Labor, Desertion, and Imperial Rule in French Louisiana, ca. 1715-1760
    Yevan Terrien, University of Pittsburgh
    Flight as Fight
    Lex Heerma van Voss, Utrecht University
    Chair/Commentator: Julie Greene, University of Maryland-College Park
  • Resisting Racial Capitalism from the Margins of Working Class History
    The Coalition to Fight Infant Mortality and Social Reproduction
    Sara Matthiesen, George Washington University
    Homeless Organizing in 1980s New York City
    Ben Holtzman, Academy of Arts and Sciences
    Betty Jo Johnson, Dunlop Rubber and Tire Factory, and the Gendered Experiences of a Black Woman Worker in the Piedmont Manufacturing Industry, 1960s-1990s
    Sonya Ramsey, UNC-Charlotte
    Slaves of the State, Slavery by Another Name? – Are Prisons Twentieth Century Slavery?: Time, Space, and the Evolution of a Historical Analogy
    Robert Chase, Stony Brook University
    Chair/Commentator: Jessica Wilkerson, University of Mississippi
  • Corporate Accountability, Labor Rights and Reimagining Global Labor Solidarity
    Chaumtoli Huq, CUNY School of Law
    Nafisa Tanjeem, Lesley University
    Suzanne Adely, Food Chain Workers Alliance
    Eric Larson, Independent Scholar
    Chair/Commentator: Annelise Orleck, Dartmouth University
  • 3:30pm-4:45pm

  • Midwestern Migrants Roundtable: Workers on the Border Then and Now
    Ashley Johnson Bavery, Eastern Michigan University
    Nicole Greer Golda, Ferrum College
    Sergio González, Marquette University
    Antonio Ramirez, Elgin Community College
    Irene Mora, University of Michigan
    Anthony Mora, University of Michigan
  • More Than One Story / Más de una historia: The UFW and Narratives of Farm Workers
    Joanna Welborn, Student Action with Farmworkers
    Daisy Almonte, Duke University
    Lucia Constantine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    The Organizational and Political Geography of the UFW Boycott Movement in Urban North America, 1965 to 1975
    Joseph Moreno, Northern Arizona University
    ¡VIVA LA HUELGA!: The 1974 Strawberry Strike on the Oxnard Plain
    Luis Moreno, Bowling Green State University
  • Labor, International Relations, and Development
    The Costa Rican Exception: Labor-Liberals and the Limits of Anti-Communism as Social Policy
    Leon Fink, Editor, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History
    Making Postcolonial Managers: Training Within Industry Programs in Guided Democracy Indonesia
    Brandon Kirk Williams, University of California-Berkeley
    Land, Labor, and ‘Free’ Trade Unionism: Agrarian Reform and the AFL-CIO’s Cold War in El Salvador
    Jeff Schuhrke, University of Illinois-Chicago
    Chair/Commentator: Yevette Richards, George Mason University
  • UCAPAWA/FTA: America’s Most Ambitious Civil Rights Union, Part 2: Toward a National Synthesis
    Sean Crotty, Texas Christian University
    Daniel Sidorick, Rutgers University
    Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University
    Dorothy Fujita-Rony, University of California-Irvine
    Chair/Commentator: Jessica Wilkerson, University of Mississippi
  • Labor, Land, and Freedom of Movement: Agrarian Reform and Labor in the Age of Emancipation
    Mark A. Lause, University of Cincinnati
    Adrienne Petty, The College of William & Mary
    Keri Leigh Merritt, Independent Scholar
    Matthew Stanley, Albany State University
    Sean Griffin, Brooklyn College/Queens College
  • Different Lenses: Mainstream and Working-Class Reporting on Labor in the Early-Twentieth-Century United States
    A Computational Analysis of Topics and Tone in American Labor and Mainstream Newspapers, 1909-1911
    Vilja Hulden, University of Colorado Boulder
    Direct Action vs. Yellow Journalism: Counter Narratives, Fake News, and the Conflicting Reportage of the 1902 Paterson Silk Riots in the Mainstream and Anarchist Press
    Andrew Hoyt, Independent Scholar
    Participatory Journalism & Democratic Communication in the Working-Class Press
    Jon Bekken, Albright College
    Chair/Commentator: James Gregory, University of Washington
  • Social Reproduction as a Category for Labor History: A Roundtable
    Lisa Levenstein, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
    Eileen Boris, University of California-Santa Barbara
    Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, San Francisco State University
    Jocelyn Olcott, Duke University
  • When Teachers Mobilize: A Labor History Resource Project
    Chad Frazier, Georgetown University
    Nikki Mandel, Independent Scholar
    Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin-Greenbay
    Nicholas Juravich, New York Historical Society
    Peter Kaufman, Intelligent Television
    Chair: Gregory S. Kealey, University of New Brunswick
  • Democratizing cities, then and now: socialist politics and democratic reform in urban life
    Reinventing Municipal Socialism: Popular Mobilization and Urban Politics in Cold War Milwaukee, 1948-1960
    Aims McGuinness, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Politics in the streets and in the chambers: new forms of working-class political self-activity in global cities, 1890-1925
    Shelton Stromquist, University of Iowa
    Chair/Commentator: Annelise Orleck, Dartmouth University
  • 5:00pm-6:45pm
    Final Plenary: Teacher Strikes!
    Bryan Proffitt, Durham Teachers Association
    Jessica Salfia, Spring Mills High School, West Virginia
    Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
    Camika Royal, Loyola University Maryland
    William Jones, University of Minnesota