People

Picture of Heather Berg
  • Recent Graduate
  • Feminist Studies

Berg recently defended her dissertation, Porn Work: Adult Film at the Point of Production, to obtain her PhD in Feminist Studies.

Picture of Andrew Elrod
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Elrod is a second year PhD student who is interested in the history of capitalism, particularly ideas raised by the transnationalization of business in the 1960s. 

 

Picture of Maria Fedorova
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Federova is completing her dissertation on American food aid and agricultural development in the Soviet Union during the 1920s and early 1930s.

 

 

Picture of Serge Ferrari
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Ferrari is completing a dissertation on U.S. financialization by examining how General Electric remade itself into a large-scale financial enterprise in the late twentieth century. 

 

Picture of Elise Finkel
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History
picture of professor Mary Furner
  • Professor of History
picture of Doug Genens
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Genens is a third year PhD student who is interested in 20th century U.S. social policy and rural poverty. 

 

 

 

picture of Jesse Halvorsen
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Halvorsen is completing a dissertation on the logistics industry in Southern California titled, "Moving Goods, Moving America: Technology, Public Policy, and the Struggle Over North America's Largest Port-Logistics Nexus." 

 

picture of professor Nelson Lichtenstein
  • Professor of History
picture of professor Alice O'Connor
  • Professor of History
Picture of Tim Paulson
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Paulson is completing a dissertation on the connections between environment and economics that originated on the American frontier.

 

picture of professor Erika Rappaport
  • Professor of History
Picture of Caitlin Rathe
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Raithe's research examines food assistance policies as a lens to understand the changes in public and private provision during the 1970s and 1980s. 

 

  • Recent Graduate
  • Department of History

Smemo's dissertation examines how interracial working-class mobilization shaped the rise (and fall) of the liberal wing of the Republican Party.

 

Picture of Samir Sonti
  • Recent Graduate
  • Department of History

Sonti completed a dissertation on the politics of inflation in the United States from the 1930s to the 1980s.

 

Picture of Christopher Stephens
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Stephens is completing a dissertation on the reception in the United States of “dependency theory” in the 1960s and 1970s. 

 

Picture of Dustin Walker
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of History

Walker is completing a dissertation on the historical origins of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s.

 

picture of professor Stephen Weatehrford
  • Professor of Political Science

John Baranski (U.S. History, Public Policy, Ph.D. 2004) taught the Center's first set of labor studies courses and coordinated the establishment of the minor in Labor Studies. Currently, he is Associate Professor of History at at Fort Lewis College, a four year public liberal arts college in Durango, Colorado. He remains active in the labor movement.

Jill Jensen (U.S. History, Ph.D. 2011) is Post-Doctoral Scholar with the Labor Rights in a Global Economy Project in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Penn State.

John Munro (U.S. History, Ph.D. 2010) has accepted a position at St. Francis Xaiver University in Halifax, NS after spending 2010-2011 as a Fellow of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University.

Ellie Shermer (U.S. History, Ph.D. 2009) has accepted a tenure-track position at Loyola University Chicago, after spending an academic year as Mellon Research Fellow at Cambridge University in the UK. She has co-edited a volume with Nelson Lichtenstein titled, "The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), her forthcoming book, "Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Transformation of American Politics" will be released on University of Pennsylvania Press.

Leandra R. Zarnow (U.S. History, Ph.D. 2010) is a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. Her research focuses foremost on United States women's and gender history, political and legal development, and the post-World War II period.  She is currently completing, Bella Abzug and the Unmaking of the American Left, to be published by Harvard University Press.