Fields of Study: United States-20th Century, Labor, Social Movements
Office: Zulauf 618
Education: Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, 1997
My research and teaching interests focus on understanding the political economy of social conflict. I focus on labor issues and conflict within the context of U.S. capitalist development spatially, socially and economically during the late nineteenth and twentieth century. Radical Unionism in the Midwest, 1900-1950 (2006) explored labor radicalism as well as political repression of an important cohort of businessmen determined to make the Midwest a location of capitalist accumulation. I am finishing a monograph, Labor Rights and Freedom Struggles, 1890-1930 as well as a documentary on the Illinois mine wars. Also on the horizon for me is a new biography of Mother Jones, the renowned labor activist and agitator of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. I have always connected my research to public history projects, including tours, electronic media, oral history and video production. I manage the largest website on labor history in the U.S. www.laborhistorylinks.niu.edu, and one on Mother Jones, www.motherjonesmuseum.org
I have taught numerous courses in U.S. history, including Labor History, U.S. Capitalism, Social Protest Movements, Radicalism, Political Repression, and the U.S. Survey.
See her webpage for more information: www.laborhistorylinks.niu.edu