I study broad trends in capitalism in 20th century U.S. Specifically on how and why the point of production has grown ever more remote from the point of consumption, and the implications this holds for where work is done, by whom, and under what conditions.
To bring these developments into focus, my project centers on the struggle between labor and business over the terms of technology, regulatory policy, and business practices in the longshore, warehouse, and drayage industries in Southern California from the postwar period through the late 1980s. The outcome of that struggle not only reshaped harbor and longshore work, it also facilitated the dispersal of warehousing and logistics infrastructure from the harbor to Los Angeles’s urban fringe in the Inland Empire.
For future projects, I plan to research the development and proliferation of branch plants in United States during 1920s and 1930s as an important stage in capital mobility and capital flight. I am also interested in studying the broader effects that the changing nature of hiring practices, human resources, industrial psychology, and pay, benefit, and employment classification had on working class formation and consciousness over the course of the 20th century.
Interests: Political Economy, Labor History, Business History, Science and Technology, History of Economic Thought, Policy History, and East Asian Political Economy.
Writing 2: Academic Writing
- 2015-16 Academic Year
- 2014-15 Academic Year
Awards & Professional Activities:
- UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment – Grant.
- UCSB’s History Associates – Don Van Gelderen Award.
Professional Activities; Service
- UCSB Department of History Senior Honors Thesis – 2016
- Commenter for Jacob Weeks, “No One Reads This Rag: Punk Rock and the Zine-Scene Dynamic.” (mentored by Alice O’Connor)
- UAW 2865 – Santa Barbara – Unit Chair 2015-16
- UAW 2865 – Santa Barbara – Organizer 2014-15
- Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy
- Administrative Assistant to Nelson Lichtenstein, Director, 2011-2014
- American Historical Association – Executive Director Search
- Assistant to Laurel Ulrich, President, 2011
- Harvard University’s Hoopes Senior Thesis Prize
- Assistant to Lisa McGirr, Chair, 2010
Talks & Conferences
- THE VEXED HISTORY OF DEREGULATION: DANIEL O’NEAL, THE ICC, AND THE ROOTS OF REGULATORY REFORM, 1974-77
Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Policy History Conference, Nashville, TN.
Moderator: Ellie Shermer, Loyola University Chicago
Katherine Jewell, Fitchburg State, “The Old Maids at the FCC”: College Radio and Indecency in the Era of the Culture Wars.”
Samuel Milner, Yale, “Assuming Direct Control: Regulatory Constraints on Business Wage-Price Strategy, 1962-1969”
David Noell, Columbia, “Municipal Utility Politics and the “Public Interest, Convenience, and Necessity” Standard in the Radio Act of 1927″
- MOVING GOODS, MOVING AMERICA: LABOR, TECHNOLOGY, POLICY, & THE STRUGGLE OVER NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST PORT-LOGISTICS NEXUS, 1948-1988
Sunday, April 17, 2016 – Bay Area Labor History Workshop.
- LA AND LONG BEACH’S PORT TRUCKERS: EXPLOITATION AND RESISTANCE
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – UCLA’s IRLE Dialogue Series, at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Scott Cummings, UCLA School of Law; Jesse Halvorsen, UC Santa Barbara Department of History; Sanjukta Paul, UCLA School of Law; Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center