Rosemary Feurer

Current Research

My research and teaching interests focus on understanding the political economy of social conflict.  I focus on labor movements and conflict within the context of U.S. capitalist development spatially, socially and economically during the late nineteenth and twentieth century. My new work follows the story that made for violent conflict in Illinois and also helped to make it the strongest unionized state in the nation, tentatively entitled The Illinois Mine Wars, 1860-1930. It covers the epic conflicts that helped to define Illinois as one of the strongest labor states in the nation. I am also working on 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..

Selected Publications


Public History Projects

Articles/Book Chapters

  • "Mother Jones: A Global History of Struggle and Remembrance: From Cork, Ireland to Illinois." Illinois Heritage May 2013.
  • "Labor’s Community-Based Economic and Environmental Planning, and Cold War Politics: The UE’s St. Louis District, st. 1941-1946." In Shelton Stromquist, ed. Labor's Cold War: Local Politics in a Global Context. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
  • "Learning From and Rethinking the Staley Struggle of the 1990s," WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society 13 (1) March 2010, 153-168.
  • "Union Myths versus Union Democracy," Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Spring 2012 9(2).

Teaching Interests

I have taught numerous courses in U.S. history, including labor history, U.S. capitalism and its critics, social protest movements, radicalism, political repression and the U.S. survey.


Rosemary Feurer

Rosemary Feurer
Associate Professor
Zulauf 618

20th Century U.S., Labor

Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, 1997

Office Hours

Office hours are on Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, conducted online via Zoom. In-person meetings are available by appointment.