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Winter 2015

January 23 / Friday/ 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: David Nye, University of Southern Denmark. “The Assembly Line and American Labor.” Nye is the author of America’s Assembly Line (2013), When the Lights Went Out: A History of Blackouts in America (2010), and Electrifying America (1990), winner of the Dexter Prize and the Abel Wolman Award.

A chapter from his most recent book is can be found here.

January 30 / Friday/ 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: Catherine Fisk, University of California, Irvine School of Law. “A Union of Freelance White Collar Workers? Lessons from the Writers Guild and the History of Advertising in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fisk is the author of Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (2009), and Labor Law Stories (2005). Fisk’s research focuses on labor issues in the entertainment industry, employee mobility in technology sectors, and intellectual property.

A copy of Professor Fisk’s paper can be found here.

February 13 / Friday/ 1 PM / 4041 HSSB : Kristoffer Smemo, UCSB. “The Human Problem: Industrial Peace and the Liberal Republican Civil Rights Agenda during World War Two.” Smemo is completing a dissertation on the rise and fall of liberal Republicans from the late 1930s through the early Reagan era.

February 20 / Friday/ 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: Noah Zatz, UCLA School of Law, “Precarious Work in the Carceral State.” Zatz is the author of “Poverty Unmodified: Critical Reflections on the Deserving/Underserving Distinction,” and “Beyond Misclassification: Tackling the Independent Contractor Problem.” Zatz’s research address how work structures both inequality and social citizenship in the modern welfare state, and how certain activities become recognized and protected as “work."

Eric HiltMarch 13 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: Eric Hilt, Wellesley College. “Banks, Insider Connections, and Industrialization: New Evidence from Massachusetts.” Trained as an economist, Hilt is the author of numerous articles on 19th century corporate governance, politics, and banking. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Fall 2014

Shane HamiltonOctober 3/Friday/1 PM/4041 HSSB: Shane Hamilton, University of Georgia, discusses his new project, "The Global Supermarket and the End of the Cold War Farms Race.”  Professor Hamilton is the author of Trucking Country: the Road to America’s Wal-Mart Economy (2008), which won the Theodore Saloutos Award for the best book in agricultural history. He is a leading figure among historians writing a new history of capitalism.

A copy of Professor Hamilton's paper can be found here.

Caitlin RosenthalOctober 17/Friday/1 PM/4041 HSSB: Caitlin Rosenthal, University of California, Berkeley, offers a paper derived from her forthcoming book, From Slavery to Scientific Management. Unlike traditional narratives that privilege the role of factories in England and the North, Rosenthal uses plantation account books to show how slavery and the slave trade facilitated the development of Taylorism and other modern management practices. Co-sponsered with the Department of Black Studies.

A copy of Professor Rosenthal’s paper can be found here.

John H. SummersOctober 24/Friday/1 PM/4041 HSSB: John H. Summers, editor of The Baffler, talks on “C. Wright Mills, Then and Now.” Summers is the editor of The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills (2008); editor of Mass Cult and Mid Cult: Essays Against the American Grain (2011), derived from the work of Dwight Macdonald, and editor of a heretofore lost book by James Agee and Walker Evans, Cotton Tenants: Three Families (2013).

A copy of an essay by John Summers on C. Wright Mills can be found here.

Vivek ChibberNovember 13/7 PM/McCune Room, HSSB 6020: Vivek Chibber, New York University, inaugurates a conference on “Labor and Empire” that continues through November 15. Chibber is the author of Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (2013). Conference participants include Sven Beckert, Avi Chomsky, Dana Frank, Julie Green, Paul Kramer, Jana Lipman, Elizabeth McKillen, and Steve Striffler. Co-sponsored with LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas and the Hull Chair in Feminist Studies.

Spring 2014

April 3 / Thursday / 4:00PM / McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB: Sasha Abramsky
author of The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives (2013) and contributor to The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Rolling Stone. Sponsored by the Great Society at 50 Initiative and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

April 8 / Tuesday / 7:30 PM / Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room: Dean Baker, “The Importance of Full employment and the Routes for Getting There.”
Baker is co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive (2011). Sponsored by the Great Society at 50 Initiative.

Dean Baker will be meeting with students and faculty at 4PM in HSSB 2214. Background readings can be found here.

April 18 / Friday / 1:00PM / Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room: Paul Starr, Princeton, “America’s Peculiar Struggle Over Health Care, Then and Now.”
Starr is author of the Pulitzer Prize winning, The Social Transformation of American Medicine (1982) and a founder of The American Prospect. He served as an advisor to President Bill Clinton on healthcare policy. His talk will be followed by a symposium on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California, featuring reports from policymakers and activists on the front lines of this effort. Sponsored by the Great Society at 50 Initiative.

April 25 / Friday / 8:00 AM / Student Resources Building, Multipurpose Room: “The American Labor Movement: Crisis and Creativity,” a two-day conference.
Keynote speakers are Larry Cohen, President of the Communication Workers of America, and Will Jones, University of Wisconsin, author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights (2013).  Co-sponsored by the National Union of Health Care Workers and Jacobin magazine.

Click here, for a conference program; click here for the conference website.

April 30 / Wednesday / 4:00PM / Student Resources Building, Multipurpose Room: Eileen Boris, UCSB, “Fifty Years Later: Women’s Rights, Title VII and the Struggle for Workplace Justice.”
With Jennifer Klein, Boris is the author of Caring for America: Home Health Care Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State (2012).  This is the Phi Beta Kappa Wilson Memorial Lecture.

May 1 / Thursday / 4:00PM / McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020: Karen Ferguson, Simon Fraser University, speaks on her new book Top Down: The Ford Foundation, Black Power, and the Reinvention of Racial Liberalism (2013).
Join Professor Ferguson on May 2nd at 1:00PM in McCune for a Symposium Looking Beyond the Global Great Society,” with Amy Offner, University of Pennsylvania; and Alyosha Goldstein, University of New Mexico. Sponsored by the Great Society at 50 Initiative and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Her paper can be found here.


May 16 / Friday / 1:00 PM / HSSB 4041. Symposium on the New History of Capitalism: the Nineteenth Century Crucible. Participants include Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia, author of A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States (2009);  Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale, author of Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England (1996); and John Majewski, UCSB, author of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation (2009).

The papers offered by the symposium speakers: J.Majewski (here), N. Lamoreaux (here), S. Mihm (here).


Winter 2014

January 17 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: Angus Burgin, Johns Hopkins University, "Writing the History of Neoliberalism." Professor Burgin is the author of The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Markets Since the Depression (2012). As a dissertation this work won the Joseph Dorfman Prize of the History of Economics Society.

January 24 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: Robert Brenner, UCLA, "The Roots of the Great Recession: Finance and the Real Economy." Professor Brenner directs the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History and is an editor of New Left Review. His most recent book is Property and Progress: the Historical Origins and Social Foundations of Self-sustaining Growth (2009). Brenner's precirculated papers can be found here: "What is Good for Goldman Sacks is Good for America," and "The Capitalist Economy, 1945-2000."

January 31 / Friday / 1:00-5:30 PM / Multipurpose Room, Student Resource Building: "Organizing for Economic Democracy." Historians and activists discuss the history and enduring legacy of three major Great Society initiatives: Community Action in the War on Poverty; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and federally funded legal services. Program of The Great Society at Fifty: Democracy in America, 1964/2014.

February 7/ Friday / 9:00 am-5:30 pm: Rereading the Feminist Sixties, McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB. Feminist scholars explore work, social movements and politics in a multicultural context. Co-sponsored by the Hull Chair in Feminist Studies and the Great Society at Fifty Initiative.

February 21 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: Jean-Christian Vinel, University of Paris-Diderot, "The Employee: A Political History." Professor Vinel is a visiting scholar at UC Santa Barbara in the Winter 2013. He is the editor of La grève en exil : le déclin du syndicalisme et du militantisme aux USA, en France, et en Europe (2013).

A copy of the introduction to his new book, The Employee: A Political History, can be found here.

March 7 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: Howard Brick, University of Michigan, "Peasant Studies Meets the World System: Wolf, Wallerstein, and Visions of Global Capitalism, 1945-1985." Professor Brick is the author of Age of Contradiction: American Thought & Culture in the 1960s (2000) and Transcending Capitalism: Visions of a New Society in Modern America (2006).

Fall 2013

KatznelsonSeptember 27 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: IRA KATZNELSON, Columbia University, discusses his new book Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time. The author of ten books, Katznelson is a former president of the American Political Science Association and current president of the Social Science Research Council. He published When Affirmative Action Was White in 2006.

October 2 / Wednesday / 1 PM / Multi-Cultural Center Auditorium: "Our Campus, Our Community: Advancing a New Politics for Social Change." Speakers include Marcos Vargas, executive director of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy; Manuel Pastor of USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Jonathan Abboud, Associated Students president; and John Grant of UFCW Local 770.

HodgeOctober 18 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: JOSEPH HODGE, West Virginia University, "The Afterlife of Empire: The Origins and Work of the World Bank's Agricultural Development Service in Eastern and Central Africa, 1963-1989." Hodge is the author of Triumph of the Expert: Agrarian Doctrines of Development and the Legacies of British Colonialism (2007).

For a brief summary of his talk and the subsequent discussion, click here.


ConnollyOctober 25 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: NATHAN CONNOLLY, Johns Hopkins University, "Real Estate Politics and the Remaking of the Jim Crow South." Connolly is the author of By Eminent Domain: Race and Capital in the Building of An American South Florida (2011).


November 1 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: JAMES LIVINGSTON, Rutgers University, "F@!% WORK: Why 'Full Employment' is a Bad Idea --or-- When Work Disappears, What is to Be Done."Livingston is the author of a number of books including, Origins of the Federal Reserve System: Money, Class, and Corporate Capitalism, 1890-1913 (1986), and Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul (2011). Livingston describes his latest writing project as an attack on the fetish of work in every current incarnation of critical theory, from Marxism to psychoanalysis.

For a brief summary of his talk and the subsequent discussion, click here.

November 21 / Thursday / 8 PM / McCune Room 6020 HSSB: PETER EDELMAN, Georgetown Law discuses his new book So Rich, So Poor: Why it's So Hard to End Poverty in America. Edelman was a legislative aide to both Robert Kennedy and Edward Kennedy and later served in the Clinton Administration. His lecture is part of the Critical Issues series The Great Society at Fifty: Democracy in America 1964/2014 and is co-sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center. Edelman's New York TImes op-ed can be found here. Follow the link for more information on Peter Edelman's talk, part of "The Great Society at Fifty, Democracy in America, 1964/2014" series at UCSB.

Spring 2013

Gindin PanitchApril 2 / Tuesday / 4pm / 4080 HSSB: LEO PANITCH, Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, York University, has edited The Socialist Register since 1985. SAM GINDIN, was for many years Research Director of the Canadian Auto Workers. They will speak on their book, The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire (2012), which demonstrates the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state, including its role as an “informal empire” promoting free trade and capital mobility.

ZakimApril 19 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: MICHAEL ZAKIM, Professor of History at Tel Aviv University, offers a paper entitled “Paperwork,” a social and cultural exploration of antebellum clerkship and the relationship of that species of “nonproductive labor” to the emergence of modern American capitalism. Professor Zakim is the author of Ready-Made Democracy: A History of Men’s Dress in the American Republic (2003); and editor of Capitalism Takes Command: The Social Transformation of Nineteenth-Century America (2012).

SaccarelliApril 26 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: EMANUEL SACCARELLI, Associate Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University discusses his paper, “The Intellectual as Agent: Politics and Independence in the Lives of Ignazio Silone.” Professor Saccarelli offers insights on Silone’s role as a secret collaborator with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Saccarelli is the author of Gramsci and Trotsky in the Shadow of Stalinism (2008).


HahamovitchMay 10 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: CINDY HAHAMOVITCH, Professor of History at William and Mary speaks on “The Widening Gyre: Colonial Labor, Guestworkers, and the End of Empire.” Professor Hahamovitch is the author of The Fruits of Their Labor: Atlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945 (1997).  Her  No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor (2012) won the Rawley and Curti Awards from the Organization of American Historians as well as the Philip Taft Labor History Prize.


Winter 2013

Kevin KruseJanuary 18 / Friday / 1pm / 4041 HSSB: KEVIN KRUSE, Professor of History at Princeton University, offers a paper and talk "'Freedom Under God': Corporations and Christian Libertarianism against the New Deal." Kruse is the author of the prize-winning White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (2006) and the editor, most recently, of The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement (2012). His new book project is "One Nation Under God: Corporations, Christianity and the Roots of the Religious Right."

Nan EnstadFebruary 8 / Friday / 1pm / 4041 HSSB: NAN ENSTAD, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, discusses "Corporate Imaginaries and the Making of a Cigarette Empire." Professor Enstad is the author of Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture, and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (1999). Her new book project is "The Jim Crow Cigarette: Following Tobacco Road from North Carolina to China and Back."


Amy SlatonFebruary 22 / Friday / 1pm / 4041 HSSB: AMY SLATON, Professor of History at Drexel University, offers a paper "The Neoliberal Logic of the Two-Tiered Workforce." Slaton is the author of Race, Rigor and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering: The History of an Occupational Color Line (2010) and Reinforced Concrete and the Modernization of American Building, 1900-1930 (2001). Her new book project considers the challenges facing two year colleges seeking a workforce for high-tech America. Professor Slaton's talk is co-sponsored by the UCSB Center for Nanotechnology in Society.

March 15 / Friday / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB:  MHOZE CHIKOWERO, Assistant Professor of History, UCSB speaks on “’Broadcasting to Africans:’ Colonial Radio, Propaganda and Statecrafting in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, 1930s-1960s.” Also sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the African Studies Research Focus Group. His book project is “African Music, Identities and Power in Colonial Zimbabwe.”


Fall 2012

Scott NelsonSeptember 28 / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: SCOTT NELSON, Legum Professor of History at the College of William & Mary, discusses his new book A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters, at 1 p.m. in 4041 HSSBNelson is the author of Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of An American Legend (2008) which won the Merle Curti Prize for the best book in U.S. social and cultural history.

Prop 30October 17 / Wednesday / 4:00 PM / McCune Conference Room, HSSB: Forum, "Higher Education and California Voters: Can this Election Save UC?" Speakers include Assemblyman Das Williams; Chris Newfield, Professor of English; and Gene Lucas, Executive Vice Chancellor. Sponsored by the UCSB Faculty Association. More information on Proposition 30, including sites dedicted to arguments for and against the voter proposition can be found here.


Paul PiersonOctober 26 / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: PAUL PIERSON, Political Science, UC Berkeley. Pierson speaks on "American Democracy in an Era of Rising Inequality." He is the author, with Jacob Hacker, of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer – and Turned its Back on the Middle Class (2010).

Greta KrippnerNovember 30 / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: GRETA KRIPPNER, Sociology, University of Michigan. Krippner speaks on “Possessive Collectivism: Ownership and the Politics of Credit Line Analysis in Late 20th Century America.” Her Capitalizing on Crisis: the Political Origins of the Rise of Finance (2011) won the President’s Book Award from the Social Science History Association and the Viviana Zelizer Award from the American Sociological Association.


Summer 2012

June 29 / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: "Labor's Fate after Wisconsin," featuring Heather and Paul Booth. Both are long-time political activists. Heather Booth founded the Midwest Academy, a training center for organizers, and she has worked closely with labor groups and the Democratic Party to register millions of new minority voters, advance the AFL-CIO health care agenda and the Dodd/Frank financial reform law, and defend Social Security and Medicare. Paul Booth, a leader of the antiwar movement in the 1960s, has for many years been the organizing director for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Based in Chicago, both Heather and Paul Booth were actively involved in the labor effort to oppose Governor Scott Walker's anti-union agenda and then to recall the governor in the recent election.

Spring 2012

Ellie ShermerApril 6th / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: ELIZABETH TANDY SHERMER, History, University of Cambridge and Loyola University of Chicago. Her talk is "'A Frankenstein's Monster:' Sacred and Secular Populism in Sunbelt Phoenix." Professor Shermer’s Sunbelt Capitalism: Phoenix and the Reconstruction of American Politics appears in 2013.

Erika RappaportApril 27th / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: ERIKA RAPPAPORT, History, UCSB. Professor Rappaport speaks on “Tea is the Food of the People’: Taxes, Tariffs and the Politics of the Imperial Consumerism in Early Twentieth-Century Britain.” She is the author of Shopping for Pleasure: Women in the Making of London’s West End (2000).

May 4th / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: PAUL PIERSON, Political Science, UC Berkeley
. Pierson speaks on "American Democracy in an Era of Rising Inequality." He is the author, with Jacob Hacker, of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer – and Turned its Back on the Middle Class (2010).

Stephen MiescherMay 11th / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: STEPHAN MIESCHER. History, UCSB. He talks on "Creating an American Island: The Volta Aluminum Company (VALCO) in Ghana, 1964-2000." Miescher is the co-editor of Africa After Gender (2007) and author of Making Men in Ghana (2005).

Stephen CampbellJune 8th / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: STEPHEN CAMPBELL, History UCSB.  Campbell offers a paper, "Fear Itself: Biddle's Panic, 1833-34." Derived from his dissertation, Campbell’s presentation argues that politics and psychology mattered more than economic conditions in explaining the character of this antebellum recession.

Winter 2012

Landon StorrsJanuary 13 / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: LANDON STORRS, History, University of Houston. Professor Storrs speaks on "Hidden Convictions: the Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal," which is also the title of her forthcoming book. In 2000 Storrs published Civilizing Capitalism: The National Consumers' League, Women's Activism, and Labor Standards in the New Deal Era



Fred BlockJanuary 20 Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: FRED BLOCK, Sociology, University of California, Davis. His talk is on "Karl Polanyi, Social Democracy, and the Current Crisis". Block is the editor, most recently, of State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technological Policy (2011) and is now completing Karl Polanyi and the Battle of Economic Ideas. His precirculated paper can be found here.      



Eric ArnesenJanuary 27 / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB: ERIC ARNESEN, History, George Washington University, offers a paper, “Civil Rights and the Cold War At Home: Post-War Activism, Anticommunism, and the Decline of the Left.”
Arnesen is the author of Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality (2001) and Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923. He is writing a biography of A. Philip Randolph.     


February 2-3: "THE PORT HURON STATEMENT AT 50." A conference on the history, impact, and contemporary relevance of the New Left's founding manifesto. Keynote speakers: Michael Kazin and Tom Hayden. Among the other participants: Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Richard Flacks, Joshua Freeman, Daniel Geary, Grace Hale, Jane Mansbridge, Lisa McGirr, James Miller, Bob Ross, Eric Olin Wright, and many Port Huron veterans. Co-sponsored by Dissent, The Nation, and the Associated Students. Conference begins at 2:30pm in Corwin Pavilion. To view the schedule and register for the conference, please visit the conference site here.  

Richard WhiteFebruary 17 / Friday / 1:00 PM / 4041 HSSB : RICHARD WHITE, History, Stanford University. He speaks on "The Antimonopoly Tradition in Gilded Age America." Professor White is the author of The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (1991), "It's Your Misfortune and None of my Own": A History of the American West (1991) and Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (2011).

Fall 2011


Steve EarlyOctober 7 / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB:  STEVE EARLY, author and unionist. “Capital’s War on Labor: Labor’s Civil Wars.” Early, who worked for 27 years as an organizer for the Communications Workers of America, is a prolific labor journalist and the author of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Labor Movement or Death Throes of the Old? (2011) and Embedded with Organized Labor: Reflections on the Class War at Home (2009). Click here to read Early’s essay. His blog can be found here.


UFWOctober 14 / 9 AM / McCune Room, Sixth Floor, HSSB: “Symposium on the New History of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.” In this all-day event a new generation of scholars draw upon fresh research to offer a set of bold and innovative interpretations explaining the rise and fall of the California farm worker movement. Keynote speaker: veteran labor activist and educator, Frank Bardacke, author of Trampling Out the Vintage: César Chávez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers (2011). Click here for the full schedule.


Nelson LichtensteinOctober 20 / 4 PM / McCune Room, Sixth Floor, HSSB: NELSON LICHTENSTEIN, MacArthur Foundation Chair in History, UCSB, “Public Goods and Those Who Create Them: From Respect to Disdain in Modern America.” Lichtenstein is director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy. His lecture is part of the series, “Public Goods,” sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.



Alice O'ConnorOctober 28 / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: ALICE O’CONNOR, Professor of History, UCSB. “Narrating the Great Recession: Economic Crisis and the Politics of Late Twentieth Century Economic Reform." O’Connor is the author of Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy, and the Poor in 20th Century U.S. History (2001) and Social Science For What?: Philanthropy and the Social Question in a World Turned Rightside Up (2007).


Rick PerlsteinNovember 4 / 1PM / 4041 HSSB: RICK PERLSTEIN, historian and journalist. “Invisible Bridge: The 1970s and the Rise of Ronald Reagan” Perlstein is the author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (2001) and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2009). He is writing a biography of Ronald Reagan.


Daraka Larmiore HallDecember 2 / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: DARAKA LARIMORE-HALL, UCSB Department of Sociology. "Labor, Democrats and Party Reform: 1968-1972." Larimore-Hall is the former president of UAW Local 2865, the UC union of TAs, readers, and tutors, and he is currently chair of the Santa Barbara Democratic Party. .


2010-2011 Speakers


Spring 2011


 April 15 / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: DANIEL ERNST, Georgetown University Law Center.

“Government Lawyers and Bureaucratic Autonomy in the New Deal.” Ernst is the author of the prize-winning Lawyers Against Labor: From Individual Rights to Corporate Liberalism (1995) and Total War and the Law: the American Home Front in World War II. (2003).


April 29/ 1 PM / HSSB 4041: KATHERINE STONE, UCLA School of Law.

“Globalization and Flexibilization: The Remaking of the Employee Relationship in the 21st Century.” Stone is the author of the prize-winning From Widgets to Digits: Employment Regulation for the Changing Workplace (2004), as well as dozens of path-breaking law review essays on work and employment.

      6 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: TOM JURAVICH, Sociology and Labor Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

"The Degradation of Work in the 21st Century." Juravich is a labor educator and musician. He is the author of Chaos
on the Shop Floor: A Worker's View of Quality, Productivity and Management
(1985); an ethnography of a bitter labor struggle in West Virginia, Ravenswood: The Steelworkers' Victory and the Revival of American Labor, with Kate Bronfenbrenner, (1999); and At the Altar of the Bottom Line: The Degradation of Work in the 21st Century (2009).



May 13 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: REUEL SCHILLER, University of California, Hasting College of Law.

“Civil Rights Protest and Labor Union Autonomy: The 1966 Hilton Hotel Protests and the Fate of Postwar Liberalism.” Schiller's areas of academic interest are twentieth-century American legal history, administrative law, and labor and employment law. A forthcoming book compares the legal strategies of the labor movement and the civil rights movement in the years since the Second World War. Click here to read Professor Schiller's cover memo on his forthcoming book and click here to read a chapter from that work.




 June 3 / 1 PM / 4041 HSSB: STEVEN ATTEWELL, UCSB Department of History.

“Right to Work? Rethinking the Promise of Full Employment in the 1945 Moment.” Attewell is a Ph.D candidate in the Policy History Program in the History Department. “Right to Work?” is a chapter in the forthcoming dissertation, "Public At Work: Direct Job Creation Policy from the New Deal to the Rise of Reagan," which studies the development of the "missing link" in the American welfare state through a focus on policy design, institutions, economic theories, and political ideology. Previous chapters have been presented at the Policy History Conference and at the LERF/IRLE Conference.


Winter 2011


 January 21 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: CLYDE WOODS, Black Studies, UCSB.  

“The Crisis, Los Angeles’ Black Communities, and the Failed State Debate.” Woods is the author of Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta (2000) and editor of Black Geographies and the Politics of Place (2007). He is now part of a community/academic team studying development policy in Los Angeles.



  February 18 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: NEIL FLIGSTEIN, Sociology, UC Berkeley. “A Long Strange Trip: The State and the Market for Mortgage Securitization, 1968-2010.” Fligstein is the author of Markets, Politics, and Globalization (1997) and The Architecture of Markets: An Economic Sociology of Capitalist Societies (2002). His current work evaluates how policies in the 1980s and 1990s to “maximize shareholder value” effected the organization of American industries and working conditions.


  February 25 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: JULIA OTT, New School for Social Research.

“When Wall Street Met Main Street, 1890-1932.” Ott’s book of the same title will be published by Harvard University Press in the spring of 2011. Her next project considers the enduring influence of financial institutions and pro-investor ideology in recent U. S. political history.



  March 4 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: BARRY EICHENGREEN, Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley.

“It’s May be Our Currency, but It’s Your Problem.” A former advisor to the International Monetary Fund, Eichengreen is the author of Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System (2008) and Global Imbalances and the Lessons of Bretton Woods (2006).





Fall 2010


Matthew Garcia

October 8 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: MATT GARCIA, History and Ethnic Studies, Brown University. “Busy Dying: The United Farm Workers and Caesar Chavez on the Eve of Self-destruction.” Garcia is the author of the prize-winning World of Its Own: Race, Labor, and Citrus in the Making of Greater Los Angeles, 1900-1970 (2001) and the forthcoming Geographies of Latinidad: Mapping Latina/o Studies for the Twenty-First Century.

October 15 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: JOHN BORSOS, Vice President, National Union of Health Care Workers. “Democracy and Insurgency in Health Care Unionism.” Borsos, who holds a Ph.D. in labor history from Indiana University, has been a union activist for nearly two decades. He was director of the Hospital Division of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and president of the Sacramento Labor Council from 2001 to 2009. Click here to read a debate over the future of the labor movement between Borsos, the SEIU's Stephen Lerner, and other labor experts and activists.



October 29 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: CASSANDRA ENGEMAN, Sociology, UCSB, “The Dynamics of Social Movement Unionism: Local Union Involvement in Immigrants’ Rights Movements in Los Angeles.” Engeman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her work focuses on social movements and social movement outcomes, union-community coalitions in the United States, and union strategy. She has recently presented her work at the UCLA IRLE "Strategic Decision-Making in Labor and Social Movements" conference.


 November 5 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: ANDREW ROSS, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University. “Green  Jobs/Sustainable Labor in the Age of Climate Justice.” Ross has published 17 books, including No Respect: Intellectuals and Popular Culture (1989), Fast Boat to China: Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade (2006) The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace (2007), and Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (2009).



December 3 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041; STEVEN LERNER, Service Employees International Union. “Is Conventional Trade Unionism Obsolete?” Lerner is an architect of the groundbreaking Justice for Janitors campaign. He has been a union strategist for more than three decades and writes frequently for both the mainstream press and scholarly publications. He currently directs the SEIU’s effort to hold banks and other financial institutions  accountable for their employment effects on our economy and workplace.



2009-2010 Speakers

Spring 2010

April 16 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: THOMAS ANDREWS (History, University of Colorado, Denver), "Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War." Andrews, an environmental historian of the American West, won the 2009 Bancroft Prize for his book of the same title, which reconsiders the social and environmental meaning of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre. Co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Technology and the Environmental Studies Program. 

April 30 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: THEDA SKOCPOL (Harvard, Sociology), "Obama's Agenda and the Dynamics of U.S. Politics." Skocpol is the author, most recently, of Inequality and American Democracy: What We Know and What We Need to Learn (2005, with Lawrence R. Jacobs); and The Transformation of American Politics: Activist Government and the Rise of Conservatism (2007, with Paul Pierson). 
May 7 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: J. DOUGLAS SMITH (Occidential College, History), "On Democracy's Doorstep: Reapportionment and the Quest for Equality in 20th Century America." Professor Smith's Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia appeared in 2002. His current project examines one of the nation's most serious but understudied distortions to the idea of "one person, one vote."

May 14 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: JESSICA WANG (University of British Columbia, History) "What are Dogs Good for in a City?: Rabies, Civilization, and Urban Anxiety in New York City, 1850-1920." Professor Wang's American Science in an Age of Anxiety (1999), provided a major study of the effects of Cold War anticommunism on the American scientific community.



Winter 2010

January 15 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: LARRY BARTELS (Princeton, Political Science) "Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age."   Bartels is the author of Presidential Primaries and the Dynamics of Public Choice (1988) and Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age (2008).  He will also deliver a public lecture Thursday / January 14 / 4 PM /   Lane Room, 3824 Ellison Hall .  Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science. Click here to read chapter one ("The New Gilded Age") of Unequal Democracy.  Click here for chapter 3 ("Class Politics and Partisan Change"). Click here for chapter 9 ("Economic Inequality and Political Representation").

January 29 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: JEFFREY B. PERRY (Independent Scholar, Trade Unionist) "The Importance of Hubert Harrison (1883-1927): "The Voice of Harlem Radicalism." Perry is a long-time union activist and editor for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. He is the author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (2008). He edited Theodore  W. Allen’s Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race (2006).


February 5 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: KATIE QUAN (UC Berkeley Labor Center) "Missing Link: China and Global Struggles Against Walmart." Quan is Associate Chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center and this year’s Hull Lecturer.  She speaks on "Women Sweatshop Workers: Victims of Exploitation or Agents of Change?"  Thursday / February 4 / 4 PM / Multicultural Center.  Co-sponsored by the Feminist Studies, Asian American Studies, and the Multicultural Center. 

February 26 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: JENNIFER KLEIN (Yale, History) and EILEEN BORIS (UCSB, Feminist Studies) "Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State." Klein is the author of For All These Rights: Business, Labor, and the Shaping of America’s Public-Private Welfare State (2003).  Boris is Hull Professor of Feminist Studies the author of Home to Work: Motherhood and the Politics of Industrial Homework (1994).  Click here to read the article by Boris and Klein, "Organizing the Carework Economy."

March 5 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: SVEN BECKERT (Harvard, History) "The Empire of Cotton: A Global History ."  Beckert is the author of The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie (2001).  He organizes the biannual History of Capitalism Conferences hosted at Harvard University.

2008-2009 Speakers
Fall 2009

October 14 / 3 PM to 11 PM / Campbell Hall: "Defending the University: A 'Teach-In" on the Current Crisis." Speakers include Stan Glantz, UC San Francisco, on UCOP’s budget blunders; George Lakoff, UC Berkeley, on framing the issues; Ruth Gilmore, University of Southern California, on California’s prison complex; California Senator Loni Hancock, on Sacramento’s legislative deadlock; Art Pulaski, California AFL-CIO, on labor’s stake in UC’s future; Nelson Lichtenstein, UCSB, on Clark Kerr’s forgotten legacy; plus student, staff and other faculty.

October 23 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041 :  WILLIAM NOVAK (University of Chicago, History) "The 'Myth' of the Weak American State."   Novak’s first book, The People's Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century America, used nineteenth-century state court records to document the long history of governmental activism in the United States. His next book is The Creation of the Modern American State.
November 6 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: CRISTOPHER MCAULEY (UCSB, Black Studies) "Shaping Max Weber and W.E.B. Du Bois: Scholarship, Politics, and Protection."  McAuley’s The Mind of Oliver C. Cox appeared in 2004. He is writing a comparative study of the politics and scholarship of Max Weber and W.E.B. Du Bois, a portion of which is the subject of his talk.
November 20 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: MARK HENDRICKSON (UC San Diego, History) “’New Capitalism:’ Rights, Expectations, and Fairness in the New Era Economy.”  Hendrickson’s research focuses on labor, public policy, capitalism and political economy in early twentieth century U.S. History.  He has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Aspen Institute, and the Institute for Labor and Employment Studies. He took his PhD in history at UCSB in 2004.
Summer 2009  
July 21: Book signing with Nelson Lichtenstein.  Everything you wanted to know about America's largest and most controversial company... Professor Lichtenstein's new book on Wal-Mart is out! Join him at 7 p.m. at Chaucer's Bookstore (3321 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA) for a talk on the internal life of the company and how it will fare under Barrack Obama. To read what Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, says about The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created A Brave New World of Business, click here. To purchase a copy on Amazon click here.
Spring 2009

April 3 / 4041 HSSB: WILLIAM GREIDER "The Great Transformation (or Not?)."  Legendary reporter and author William Greider has covered American politics for the last 40 years as a columnist and editor for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and as a national affairs correspondent for The Nation. In his recently released book Come Home America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country, Greider examines the effects of current American economic policy-including our drive to remain “Number One” in the global arena - and its impact on our democratic ideals and values.  This seminar is co-presented with UCSB Department of History as part of the Critical Issues Forum titled Economic Justice: Policy and the Political Imagination and the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy and the Policy History Program. 

For additional articles by William Greider click here.


April 10 / 4041 HSSB: JOHN MUNRO (UCSB, History) "Empire's Adversaries: Cold War Critics of Colonialism in the United States, 1945-1960." John Munro's dissertation looks at anticolonial discourse in the United States between World War II and the 1960s. Recipient of awards from the UC Labor and Employment Research Fund, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, John has published on whiteness studies, African American anti-imperialism, and US empire.

April 24 / HSSB 4041: JILL JENSEN (UCSB, History)   "For the "Social and Economic Security of all Peoples”: Developing Postwar Social Programs through the International Labor Organization, 1947-1954." Jill Jensen studies labor and social policy and is currently writing a dissertation on the history of labor standards relating to the work of the International Labor Organization (ILO).  Her paper describes how activists in the United States cooperated with the ILO to conceptualize policies in support of greater and more widespread social and economic justice in the years following WW II.  In so doing, they made the connection between the domestic labor standards of individual countries and their implications for the global arena.

   April 30 / Campbell Hall: STEVE GREENHOUSE "The Big Squeeze-Tough Times for the    

   American Worker." The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse is the nation’s most authoritative    

   reporter on labor and employment issues, defining what constitutes the news even as he reports it. For 

  15 years his investigative exposes have probed the way some of the nation’s largest corporations 

   treat—and mistreat—their workers, from the Brooklyn waterfront to the Piedmont South, and from

   Toyota assembly lines to Wal-Mart check-out counters. His first book, The Big Squeeze—Tough

   Times for the American Worker, is an eye-opening account of how the corporate clamp-down on

    wages, benefits, and job security has made efforts to climb out of the current economic crisis all the    

                                 more difficult. Greenhouse comes to UCSB as the Regents’ Lecturer in History.


May 8 / HSSB 4041: VIVYAN ADAIR (Hamilton College, Women's Studies) "Reclaiming Class: Women, Poverty, and the Promise of Higher Education in the United States."  This seminar follows Professor Adair's public lecture on May 7 at 4 PM in the UCen Harbor Room, featuring her exhibit of photographs and narratives about women, their experiences with poverty and welfare, and how access to higher education has made a difference in their lives. 

May 22 / HSSB 4041: MATTHEW LASSITER (University of Michigan, History) “Suburban Panics: Lost Innocence and Moral Crusades in California Politics.”  Lassiter is the author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (2006).

May 29 / 1 PM / HSSB 4041: MARY FURNER, UCSB, History, "From "State Interference to the "Return to the Market": The Rhetoric of Economic Regulation from the Old Gilded Age to the New." Professor Furner’s research looks at connections between the creation of social and economic knowledge and changing visions of the role of the state in economic, social, and moral development.  She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson  International Center for Scholars, and the Fulbright Program. Her current  project is The Public and Its Limit: Statism and Anti-Statism in the American Political Tradition, 1880-1950.

Winter 2009

January 23, 2009: Will Jones (University of Wisconsin, History) “The Infrastructure of South-Central Los Angeles: Race, Unions and the 'New Inequality,'” 1 p.m., HSSB 4041.  Jones is author of The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South (2005). His new book project is The New Color of Class: Race and Inequality in the Service Economy.

February 6, 2009: Heather Thompson (University of North Carolina, Charlotte, History), “The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and the Creation of the Carceral State: Rethinking The Fall of Labor and The Rise of the Right in Postwar America,” 1 p.m., HSSB 4041.  Thompson published Whose Detroit? The Politics of Labor, Race, and Liberalism in Modern American City in 2001. She is now completing a book on the Attica Prison Uprising and its historical legacy.

February 20, 2009: Willy Forbath (University of Texas, Austin, Law and History) “Social Movements, Social Rights, and the Courts in South Africa and the USA,” 1 p.m., HSSB 4041.  Forbath is the author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement (1991), numerous law review articles and two forthcoming books, Social Rights in the American Grain and Courting the State: Law and the Making of the Modern American State.     

March 6, 2009:  Dana Frank (University of California, Santa Cruz, History) "The AFL-CIA's Cold War in Honduras--and How Hondurans Felt About It," 1 p.m., HSSB 4041.  Frank is Co-Director of the UCSC Center for Labor Studies. Her books include Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America (2008), Buy American: The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism (2000), and Purchasing Power: Consumer Organizing, Gender, and the Seattle Labor Movement, 1919-1929 (1994). 

2008 Speakers

Fall 2008

Alex Lichtenstein, (History, Florida International): "The End of Southern Liberalism: Race, Class and the Defeat of Claude Pepper in the 1950 Florida Democratic Primary," Friday, September 26, 2 p.m., HSSB 4041.

Lichtenstein is the author of Twice the Work of Free Labor: The Political Economy of Convict Labor in the New South (1995). His current research examines the interplay of the civil rights and labor movements in Florida during the 1940s.

Bill Fletcher and Fernando Gapasin, "Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice," Friday, October 10, 1 p.m. , HSSB 4041.
Fletcher, a longtime labor and international activist, is executive editor of Black Commentator and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. Gapasin is a Central Labor Council President and former professor of Industrial Relations and Chicana/o Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Fletcher is also the author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Tobias Higbie (History, UCLA): "Working-Class Readers, Libraries and Networks of Self-Education in the Progressive Era," Friday, October 17, 1 p.m., HSSB 4041.
Higbie is the author of Indispensable Outcasts: Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930 (2003), which won the Philip Taft Labor Prize in Labor History.

Gilbert G. Gonzalez (School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine): "Migration Patterns, Border Capitalism and the Bracero Program," Friday, November 14, 1 p.m., HSSB 4020. (This talk will not be held in HSSB 4041.)

Gonzalez is Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Labor Studies Program at UC Irvine. He is the author of Chicano Education in the Era of Segregation (1990) and Culture of Empire: American Writers, Mexico, and Mexican Immigrants, 1880-1930 (2004).



Spring 2008

Luis Figueroa (History, Trinity College) "Flight of Fancy: Whiteness, Suburbanization, and Identity in San Juan Puerto Rico Since 1940," Friday April 4.

Luis Figueroa's scholarly interests include slavery, post-emancipation, and racial discourses and practices in the Caribbean.  He is the author of Sugar, Slavery and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico (2005).  His new research project focuses on urbanism, suburbanization, and colonialism in San Juan, Puerto Rico since 1930.

Tom Sugrue (History: University of Pennsylvania): "Sweet Land of Liberty: The Unfinished Struggle for Racial Equality in the North," Friday, Feb 15.
Tom Sugrue is best known for his highly influential Origins of the Urban Crisis (1996), which turned the racial backlash thesis on its head.

Margaret Weir (Political Science, Berkeley): "Building Successful Regions," Friday, April 18.
Weir is the author of Politics and Jobs: The Boundaries of Employment Policy in the United States. She is currently working on a study of urban inequalities, with a focus on the politics of coalition building.

Joe McCartin (History, Georgetown):'Fire the Hell Out of Them':Sanitation Workers' Struggles and the Normalization of the Striker Replacement Strategy, Friday, May 2.
McCartin wrote Labor's Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-21. His current research traces the decline of organized labor since the 1960s.

Dorian Warren (Political Science, Columbia): "Wal-Mart in Black, White, and Urban Grey," Friday, May 9.
Warren is a student of labor, urban politics, and social inequality. His latest project examines the fates of community/labor mobilizations against Wal-Mart.

Winter 2008

Linda Gordon (History, NYU): "Dorothea Lange and Visual Democracy," Friday, Jan 18.
Gordon is a founder and one of the foremost practitioners of feminist scholarship in the United States. She is the author of Women's Body, Women's Right: The History of Birth Control in America, among many other pioneering works.

Julian Zelizer (History, Princeton) & Meg Jacobs (History, MIT): "The Reagan Revolution Reconsidered: How Conservatives in Office Govern," Friday, Feb 1.
Jacobs and Zelizer are joint editors of The Democratic Experience: New Directions in American Political History (2003).
2007 Speakers

Fall 2007


Robert O. Self (History, Brown University) "Gender and Political Culture in the Vietnam Era," Friday October 12.

Robert O. Self's book, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland, won major book prizes in history and political science.  His talk covers material from his forthcoming book, The Politics of Gender and Sexuality from Watts to Reagan.

Ruth Milkman (Sociology, UCLA) "L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement, " Friday October, 19.

Sociologist Ruth Milkman directs UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Industrial Relations and is the author of numerous books and articles on work, gender and the labor movement.  Her talk will address the past, present, and future of union activism in Los Angeles.

Julia Greene (History, University of Maryland) "The Thirteenth labor of Hercules: The United States, the World, and the Building of the Panama Canal, 1903-1915," Friday, November 16. 

Julia Green's talk will cover research into the construction of the Panama Canal, the basis of her new work, For Empire They toil: The United States and the Building of the Panama Canal, 1904-1914.  Green's research examines the intersection of empire, race, and progressive labor and politics.

Risa Goluboff (University of Virginia Law School) "The Lost Promise of Civil Rights," Friday, November 30.

Risa Goluboff is a legal historian who argues that the New Deal, the Cold War, and the NAACP wing of the civil rights movement redefined the meaning of civil rights, stripping it of much of its labor and economic content at the very moment of its triumph.

Spring 2007

Gary Gerstle (Vanderbilt University) "America's Peculiar State: Public Governance from the American Revolution through the New Deal," Friday, April 13.

Gary Gerstle's American Crucible: Race and the Nation in the 20th Century has reconfigured our understanding of nationalism, citizenship, and class.  He is also the author of Working-Class Americanism: The Politics of Labor in a Textile City.

Jonathan Bell (University of Reading, UK) "A Virile and Meaningful Democratic Left? Making Sense of Political Ideology in California in the Post-World War II Era," Friday, May 4.

Jonathan Bell considers the historical possibility that post-war California might well have been a laboratory for an American version of European social democracy.  He is the author of The Liberal State on Trial: The Cold War and American Politics in the Truman Era.

Pun Ngai (University of Hong Kong) "Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace," Friday, May 18.

Pun Ngai, who worked for several months on an electronics assembly line in the Chinese export sector, is an activist in the Hong Kong workers' rights movement.  She is the author of Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace.

Winter 2007

Mae Ngai (Columbia University) "He Talk Lie: Chinese Interpreters in Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth-Century America," Friday, February 2.

Mae Ngai's book, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America, won six national awards and has transformed our understanding of citizenship, immigration and ethnicity.

Joshua Freeman (CUNY Graduate Center) "Nationalism, Communism and Labor History," Friday, February 16.

Joshua Freeman, the preeminent historian of New York labor, considers the legacy of both Communism and

anti-Communism on the U.S. labor movement in its heyday.  He is the author of Working-Class New York.

Robin Einhorn (University of California, Berkeley) "American Taxation, American Slavery," Friday, February 23.

Robin Einhorn demonstrates that America's characteristic resistance to progressive taxation and centralized government arose not from a Jeffersonian smallholder ideology, but rather from the slaveocracy's determination to preserve its class power.









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