Location: Holland Hall 601 A
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2001
20th-Century U.S. History; Labor, Urban, and Political History
Spring 2014 Office Hours
Monday 10:30 – 11:30,
Wednesday 2:15 – 3:15,
Friday 2:15 – 3:15,
& by appointment
I teach U.S. history, the History Research Workshop, American Conversations, American Studies, public history, classes on cities and work, and an interdisciplinary course on social change. Others include “Wal-Mart America” and “Cynicism and Hope in Modern America.” Many courses I teach incorporate an academic civic engagement (ACE) project, an opportunity to bring together academic and community-based work. See the “Civic Stories” photo essays that American Conversations students composed, in collaboration with a photography class and the local League of Women Voters: http://lwvnorthfieldmn.org/civic_stories/; http://www.stolaf.edu/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=NewsDetails&id=5314.
In my research and writing I concentrate on twentieth-century U.S. urban and working-class history, with an interest in the shaping of American political culture and the political economy. My first book is Contesting the Postwar City: Working-Class and Growth Politics in 1940s Milwaukee (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013) http://www.cambridge.org/9781107036352. In addition to essays on cities and organizing, book reviews, and an article in Social Science History, I recently contributed chapters to Labor’s Cold War: Local Politics in a Global Context, ed. Shelton Stromquist (2008) and Perspectives on Milwaukee’s Past, eds. Margo Anderson and Victor Greene (2009). I have begun research on a new book project, Losing Hope: Workers’ Disengagement and Political Cynicism in Post-World War II Metropolitan America. I also am co-editing collection of essays which focuses on labor historians’ public engagement, titled tentatively Frictions of Daily Life: Class, Community, and the Challenge of Engaged Scholarship.
I completed my Ph.D. in History at the University of Iowa in 2001. Earlier I received an M.A. in History from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, and a B.A. from St. Olaf (History major). I also have taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Oslo (as a Fulbright Scholar). Before going to graduate school to study history, I worked for over a decade as a community organizer in Minnesota and California. My wife Carolyn, who is the Chaplain at Carleton College, and I have two children. Anna teaches elementary school in Minneapolis and Jacob goes to college in Chicago.