Areas of Expertise

U.S. History, Labor and Politics in Modern America, Social Movements, Urban History, Policy History


Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2013
M.A., University of Virginia, 2007
B.A., Saint Joseph’s University, 2005


Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Southwestern University
August 17, 2015 - present

Visiting Research Associate
Institute of Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin
August 01, 2013 - July 31, 2015

Royden B. Davis Teaching Fellow
Georgetown University
September 01, 2011 - May 01, 2012

Previous Courses

From Colonies to Nation: U.S. History to 1865 (Fall 2015, Fall 2016)

From Nation to World Power: U.S. History since 1865 (Spring 2015, Spring 2016)

Oil and Environment in American History (Fall 2015)

Sport and Society in American History (Spring 2016)

History of the American West (Spring 2016)

Rise of the Right: History of the American Conservative Movement (Fall 2016)




A Revolution in Government: Jerry Wurf, the Rise of AFSCME, and the Fate of American Liberalism, 1919-1981 (Politics and Culture in Modern America Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, Under Contract)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

“‘The Sparrows and the Horses’: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Family Assistance Plan, and the Liberal Critique of Government Workers, 1955-1977,” Journal of Policy History 28, no. 2 (Spring 2016).

“Big Brother Unionism?: The Landrum-Griffin Act and the Fight for AFSCME’s Future, 1961-1964,” Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 11, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 61-84.

“‘Our Conception of Non-Partisanship means a Partisan Non-Partisanship’: The Search for Political Identity in the American Federation of Labor, 1947-1955,” Labor History 51, no. 3 (August 2010): 455-478.

Other Journal Articles

“Marshall’s Principle: A Former Labor Secretary Looks Back (and Ahead),” with Joseph A. McCartin, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 11, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 91-107.

Anthologies and Encyclopedias

“CORE and the Journey of Reconciliation (1947),” in Coming Through the Storm: 50 Events that Shaped African Americna History, ed. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Forthcoming, 2017).

“Public Sector Unionism,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American HIstory, eds. John Butler et. al (Forthcoming, Fall 2016).

“AFSCME,” “Andy Stern,” “Executive Order 10988,” “Jerry Wurf,” and “Labor Leaders,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Economic, Business, and Labor History, eds. Melvyn Dubofsky, et. al. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.


Review of Smokestacks in the HIlls: Rural-Industrial Workers in West Virginia, by Lou Martin, Journal of Social History 57, no. 1 (Forthcoming, Fall 2017).

Review of Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie, by Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf, in Business History Review (Forthcoming).

Review of When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investors’ Democracy, by Julia C. Ott, in New York History: A Quarterly Journal (Forthcoming).

Extended Review of Government Against Itself: Public Sector Union Power and Its Consequences, by Daniel DiSalvo, in Reviews in History, no. 1782 (June 2015).

“Teacher Strikes and the Rise of Neoliberalism,” Review of “Against the Public: Teacher Strikes and the Decline of Liberalism, 1968-1981,” by Jon Shelton, in Dissertation Reviews, November 4, 2014.

Review of AFSCME’s Philadelphia Story: Municipal Workers and Urban Power in the Twentieth Century, by Francis Ryan, in Labor History 53, no. 4 (Winter, 2012): 591-593.

Review of Union-Free America: Workers and Antiunion Culture, by Lawrence Richards, in Labour/Le Travail 64 (Fall/Automne 2009): 248-250.

Columns, Op-Eds, and Other Publications

“Harris v. Quinn Is a Blow to Many Home-Care Workers,” Austin American- Statesman, July 7, 2014, A6.

“Fighting for Employee Free Choice,” Labor and Working Class History Association Newsletter (Fall 2008): 3.

“Exposing the Anti-Union NLRB,” Labor and Working Class History Association Newsletter (Spring 2008): 3.


Order, 1974-1980,” Presenting at the Beyond the New Deal Order Conference,

” ‘From Something More than More’ to the ‘Dog Days of Liberalism’: AFSCME, Tax REform, and the Labor-Liberal Crisis of the 1970s,” Presentated at the Police History Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, June 1, 2016.

“Union Leadership in a Post-Labor Age: Jerry Wurf and the Rise of the Public Sector,” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Providence, Rhode Island, April 9, 2016.

“Public Sector Unions, the Politics of Taxation, and the Crisis of the New Deal Order, 1974-1980,” Presented at the Beyond the New Deal Order Conference, Santa Barbara, CA, September 28, 2015

“‘Women Make Sense-Now We Need Dollars’: AFSCME, Pay Equity, and the San Jose Strike, 1972-1981,” Presented at the Labor and Working Class History Association-Working Class Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC, May 2015

Participant, “Digital History: A Practical Workshop,” University of Texas at Austin, April 1, 2015

“The Thatcher-Reagan Era in Trans-Atlantic Perspective,” with Dr. Martin Farr, Newcastle University (UK), at Southwestern University, March 31, 2015

“The Dam or the Gate: Memphis and the Making of the Modern Public Sector Labor Movement” at E.B.O.N.Y. Black History Month Event, Southwestern University, February 18, 2015

Participant, “Designing Meaningful Archive-Based Assignments for Undergraduates: A Workshop for Educators,” University of Texas at Austin, Apr. 2014

“‘The Sparrows and the Horses’: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Family Assistance Plan, and the Liberal Critique of Government Workers, 1955-1973,” Presented at the Policy History Conference, Richmond, Virginia, Jun. 2012

“Public Sector Anti-Unionism in Eras of Austerity: Parallels and Departures in the U.S. Cases of 1978 and 2011,” Presented at a Joint Session of the Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching, 126th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, Illinois, Jan. 2012

“Baltimore’s Strike Summer, 1974: Municipal Workers’ Militancy and the Politics of Urban Services in an Age of Austerity,” Presented at the Labor and Working Class History Association-Southern Labor Studies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, Apr. 2011

“AFSCME and the New Politics at the 1974 Democratic Convention,” Presented at the North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Oct. 2010

Honors and Awards

Winner, Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Award in the Humanities, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Georgetown University, 2015

Winner, Best Dissertation Prize, Labor History, 2014

Nominee, Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize, Society of American Historians, 2014

Honorable Mention, Sharabi Prize, Department of History, Georgetown University, 2012

Cosmos Club Foundation Young Scholar Award, 2010

Dorothy M. Brown Teaching Award, Department of History, Georgetown University, 2009

Raymond H. Schmandt Award for Excellence in Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Studies, St. Joseph’s University, 2004


American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Labor and Working Class History Association

Southern Labor Studies Association

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