Professors

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Aldo Lauria-Santiago
Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and History
Degree: Ph.D., The University of Chicago
Additional Degree(s): M.A., New York University B.A., Princeton University
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2005
Specialty: Modern Central American, Caribbean and US Latino/a History
Website: http://lauria.rutgers.edu/
Email: alauria@lcs.rutgers.edu
Office: B200 Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus
Phone: 848-445-0011

RESEARCH INTERESTS

El Salvador; Mexico; Guatemala; Caribbean; US Puerto Ricans and Lations

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

  • History of Central American Revolutions
  • US Latino History
  • History of Mexico
  • US Latino Labor History
  • Latino New York
  • Puerto Rican History
  • History of Cuba
  • Peasants and Workers in Latin America
  • Central America and the Caribbean

Graduate

  • Latin American Workers, South and North
  • The Caribbean in the Age of Revolution
  • Latin America during the nineteenth Century
  • State, Nation and Revolution in Central America

MAJOR PUBLICATIONS

  • To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador (Jeffrey Gould, Co-Author). Duke University Press. 2008.
  • Landscapes of Struggle: Politics, Society, and Community in El Salvador (Co-editor Leigh Binford) University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005.
  • An Agrarian Republic: Commercial Agriculture and the Politics of Peasant Communities in El Salvador, 1823-1914. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999.
  • Identity and Struggle at the Margins of the Nation-State: The Laboring Peoples of Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean (co-editor Aviva Chomsky). Duke University Press, 1998.

BOOKS IN PROGRESS

  • A history of Puerto Rican workers and work in New York City, 1918-1970
  • Nineteenth-Century Peasants, Coffee and Mestizaje in Eastern Mexico
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David Greenberg
Professor of Journalism & Media Studies and History
Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University, 2001
Additional Degree(s): B.A., Yale University, 1990
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2004
Specialty: Modern US: Political and Media History
Website: http://www.davidgreenberg.info
Email: davidgr@rutgers.edu
Office: 106 DeWitt
Phone: 646-504-5071
Research Interests: I write for a variety of scholarly and  popular audiences about politics, ideas, media and culture in American history. My current book project, for W.W. Norton, is a history of presidential "spin."

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

  • American Presidency (History)
  • Cold War Culture (Honors College)
  • Holocaust in American Culture (Honors College)
  • News Media and Government (JMS)
  • Media, Democracy, and the Public (JMS)

Graduate

  • Seminar in Recent U.S. History (History)
  • Media History (JMS)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Alan Brinkley: A Life in History (Columbia University Press, 2019).
  • Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency (W. W. Norton, 2017).
  • Calvin Coolidge. Henry Holt (American Presidents Series). 2006.
  • Presidential Doodles: Two centuries of scribbles, scratches, squiggles and scrawls from the Oval Office. Basic Books, 2006. Paperback, 2007.
  • Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image. W. W. Norton, 2003. Paperback, 2004.

AWARDS

  • Hiett Prize in the Humanities, 2008.
  • Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, 2008.
  • Top Young Historian, History News Network, 2006.
  • American Journalism Historians Association Book Award, for Nixon's Shadow. 2003
  • Washington Monthly Political Book Award, for Nixon's Shadow. 2003.
  • Bancroft Dissertation Prize, Columbia University, for Nixon's Shadow. 2002.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • National Book Critics Circle
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Tatiana Seijas
Associate Professor of History
Degree: PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT (Sep 2002 - Dec 2008)
Additional Degree(s): MA, Columbia University, New York, NY (May 2001), BA, Columbia College, New York, NY (May 1995)
Specialty: Early Modern Global History: Pacific World and Latin America
Email: tatiana.seijas@rutgers.edu
Office: 219 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: On Leave AY 2018-19
Research Interests: Early Modern economics; Pacific World; Philippine Islands; Mexico; Slavery; Iberian Empires; Borderlands; 19th-century US-Mexico relations

Biography

As a historian, I aim to cross historiographical and geographical frontiers and to reconstruct the everyday experiences of people who were born without the privileges of power. I want to include their stories in the historical narratives of the "early modern" period and nineteenth century, when indigenous peoples around the world confronted European colonialism.

Among my current projects is a monograph titled Global Mexico: Local Production and International Commerce in the Long Seventeenth Century, and a collective biography Women in the African Diaspora: A Collective Biography of Emancipation in the Americas (co-edited with Erica L. Bell and Terri L. Snyder).

Before coming to Rutgers, I was Associate Professor at Penn State and Assistant Professor of History at Miami University.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Recent Fellowships

Courses

I teach courses on the Pacific World, the History of Slavery, and Early Modern North America

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Dorothy Sue Cobble
Distinguished Professor of History and Labor Studies
Degree: Ph.D.,  Stanford University
Additional Degree(s): B.A.,  University of California, Berkeley
Specialty: Modern US: History of Labor; Women's and Gender History
Website: http://smlr.rutgers.edu/DorothySueCobble
Email: cobble@rutgers.edu
Office: 204 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8219
Office 2: 50 Labor Center Way, Room 154
Phone 2: 848-932-1742
Research Interests: 20th century U.S. history; politics and social movements; U.S. and the world; global labor history; transnational reform networks and international social policy; comparative feminisms; gender and work; service work and service unionism.

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COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

  • 510:571 Seminar in U.S. History
  • 510:559 Twentieth Century U.S. History
  • 506:401 History Seminar: Economic Justice Struggles

WORKS IN PROGRESS

  • America’s Progressive Politics and the Global Women Who Made It. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, under contract.
  • How the Labor Movement Changed America. NY: The New Press, under contract.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (co-authors: Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry). (Norton, 2014).
  • The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor (Cornell, 2007).
  • The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America (Princeton, 2004).
  • Women and Unions: Forging a Partnership (Cornell, 1993).
  • Dishing It Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century (University of Illinois, 1991).

Recent Essays

  • “The Other ILO Founders,” in Eileen Boris and Susan Zimmermann, eds. The Women’s ILO: Transnational Networks, Global Labor Standards and Gender Equity. Geneva: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.
  • “Who Speaks for Workers? Japan and the 1919 ILO Debates Over Rights and Global Labor Standards,” ILWCH 87 (Spring 2015): 213-34. Reprinted in Jill M. Jensen and Nelson Lichtenstein, eds., The ILO From Geneva to the Pacific Rim: West Meets East. Geneva: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 55-79.
  • “Shorter Hours, Higher Pay,” Pacific Standard Magazine, November 2015.
  • “What ‘Lean In’ Leaves Out” (with Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry), The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle Review, September 22, 2014
  • “A Higher ‘Standard of Life’ for the World: U.S. Women’s Social Justice Internationalism and the Legacies of 1919,” Journal of American History 100 (March 2014).
  • “Pure and Simple Radicalism: Putting the Progressive Era AFL in its Time,” Labor 10:2 (Winter 2013), 61-87, 111-116.
  • "The Promise and Peril of Global Labor History," International Labor and Working-Class History 82 (Fall 2012), 99-107.
  • "Don't Blame the Workers," Dissent Magazine, Winter 2012.
  • “The Wagner Act at 75: The Intellectual Origins of an Institutional Revolution,” ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law 26:2 (Spring 2011): 201-212.
  • “Labor Feminists and President Kennedy’s Commission on Women,” In No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of American Feminism, ed. Nancy Hewitt (Rutgers University Press, 2010), pp. 144-167.
  • “Betting on New Forms of Worker Organization,” Labor 7:3 (Fall 2010): 17-23.
  • “More Intimate Unions,” in Intimate Labors: Care, Sex, and Domestic Work, eds. Rhacel Parrenas and Eileen Boris (Stanford University Press, 2010), pp. 280-295.
  • It’s time for New Deal Feminism,” The Washington Post 12/13/09.
  • "Friendship Beyond the Atlantic: Labour Feminist International Contacts After the Second World War," Arbetarhistoria (Stockholm, Sweden) 1-2/2009: 12-20.

SELECTED AWARDS

  • Swedish Research Council 2016 Kerstin Hesselgren Professor, Stockholm University.
  • ACLS Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2015-2016.
  • Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2010-2011.
  • Alice Cook Distinguished Lectureship, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, September 2010.
  • Sol Stetin Award for Career Achievement in Labor History, Sidney Hillman Foundation, 2010.
  • Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2007-2008.
  • Philip Taft Book Prize for The Other Women’s Movement, 2005.
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, 1999-2000.
  • Herbert A. Gutman Book Prize for Dishing It Out, University of Illinois Press, 1992.

SELECTED RECENT SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

  • Keynote, Nordic Labour History Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, November 2016.
  • Keynote, “Worker Mutualism in an Entrepreneurial Age,” 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, Australia, 11 February 2016.
  • Session Chair and Commentator, “Gender and Labor,” Histories of American Capitalism Conference,” Cornell University, November 6-8, 2014.
  • Roundtable, “Women’s ILO: Gender Equality and Transnational Networks,” European Social Science History Conference, Vienna, Austria, April 2014.
  • Conference Paper, “Esther Peterson and Cold War Feminist Internationalism,” European Social Science History Conference, Vienna, Austria, April 2014.
  • Plenary Panel, 50th Anniversary Conference on the 1963 Presidential Commission on the Status Women,” Harvard University and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, Boston, 14 October 2013.
  • Keynote, “Women’s Leadership and Global Labor Movements,” International Solidarity Center Conference, São Paolo, Brazil, July 2013.
  • “Feminism in the International Labor Movement,” Labour Movement Archives and Library, Stockholm, Sweden, June 18, 2013.
  • “Women’s Transnational Networks and the Legacies of 1919,” Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland, December 2012.
  • "Humanizing Work," Institute of Advanced Studies, Nantes, France, 31 March 2011.
  • The Future of Labour History Journals,” European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, Belgium, April 16, 2010.
  • “Making the Next Labor Movement Possible,” Institute for Labor and Culture, Yale University, January 26, 2009.
  • “The Road Not Taken: Work-Family Reform in the Postwar U.S.” Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2008.
  • “Feminism and Social Reform in Postwar America,” Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, Harvard University, July 2008.
  • “How The New Emotional Service Class is Transforming Labour,” Queen Mary, University of London, England, June 2008.
  • “U.S. Women’s Internationalisms, 1914-1975” Center for Pacific and American Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 2008.

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • International Advisory Board, Global History of Equal Pay, 1945-2000, Vetenskapsradet Funds, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012-
  • Taft Book Prize Committee, 2013-
  • Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, 2012-
  • Organization of American Historians F.J. Turner Award Committee, 2013-2014.
  • Awards Panel, Sol Stein Labor History Prize, Sidney Hillman Foundation, 2011-2016.
  • Senior Editor, International Labor and Working-Class History, 2006-2010.
  • Editorial Board, International Labor and Working-Class History, 1994-
  • Expert Witness, NY Hotel and Motel Trades Council v. Hotel Association of NYC, Inc., 1988-90.

 

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Yesenia Barragan
Assistant Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University
Specialty: Modern Latin America and Caribbean: Race, Slavery, and Emancipation in Afro-Latin America and African Diaspora
Email: yesenia.barragan@rutgers.edu
Office: 223A Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8355

Biography

Yesenia Barragan is a historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean. She specializes in the transnational history of race, gender, slavery, and emancipation in Afro-Latin America and the African diaspora in the Americas. Dr. Barragan earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History from Columbia University, where she was a Ford Foundation Fellow, and her B.A. in Philosophy and History from Brown University, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and Beinecke Scholar.

Her current book project, Frontiers of Freedom: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific, is a social, political, and geographical study of the gradual abolition of chattel slavery and the post-emancipation era in the majority-black Colombian Pacific, the largest area in the Americas inhabited primarily by people of African descent. The first English-language study of gradual emancipation in Colombia, Frontiers of Freedom reframes the history of emancipation in the Atlantic World by centering Colombia and the Colombian Pacific within a larger history of antislavery and gradual abolition. Dr. Barragan is also the author of Selling Our Death Masks: Cash-for-Gold in the Age of Austerity (Zero, 2014), a creative, historical ethnography of cash-for-gold shops in the wake of the latest economic crisis based on fieldwork and archival work in Spain, Greece, and Colombia. Her next project explores hemispheric black migrations and fugitivities in the nineteenth century Americas.

Dr. Barragan is deeply committed to public historical work and engagement. She was previously a regular contributor to Black Perspectives, the leading online platform for public scholarship on global black thought, history, and culture established by the African American Intellectual History Society, and an opinion columnist for the major Latin American media outlet, Telesur. She is the creator of “The Free Womb Project,” a bilingual (English and Spanish-language) digital collection of “Free Womb laws” across the eighteenth and nineteenth century Atlantic World. She has also served as a Legal Expert for asylum cases related to Colombia.

Lastly but importantly, Dr. Barragan is a first-generation daughter of poor/working-class immigrants from Latin America, and a longtime activist involved in social and racial justice movements. She has mentored students in the First Generation Network and Mellon Mays Fellowship at Columbia University and Dartmouth College, where she previously taught, and looks forward to working with students at Rutgers University.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Frontiers of Freedom: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific (forthcoming)
  • Selling Our Death Masks: Cash-for-Gold in the Age of Austerity (Zero, 2014)

Articles

  • “The Free Womb Child Trade and Gradual Emancipation Rule in Colombia” (forthcoming)
  • “Gendering Mastery: Female Slaveholders in the Colombian Pacific Lowlands,” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 39, 1 (2018): 1-26
  • “‘To End 500 Years of Great Terror’: Struggles for Peace in the Afro-Colombian Pacific,” NACLA Report on the Americas, Issue 1: #BlackLivesMatter Across the Hemisphere 49 (2017): 56-63
  • “Slavery, Free Black Women, and the Politics of Place in Chocó, Colombia,” Revista de Estudios Colombianos 47 (enero-junio de 2016): 57-66
  • “Death, Slavery, and Spiritual Justice on the Colombian Black Pacific (1837),” Nuevo Mundo, Mundos Nuevos, Debates, June 11, 2015

Public Scholarship

Selected Grants and Fellowships

  • Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dartmouth College (2016-2019)
  • The Woodrow Wilson National Dissertation Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship (2011-2015)
  • SSRC-ACLS International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • Evelyn Walker Fellowship, Columbia University (2011-2012)
  • George E. Haynes Fellowship, Columbia University (2010-2011)
  • Richard Hofstadter Fellowship, Columbia University (2009-2010)
  • Majorie Harris Weiss Prize, Brown University (2008)
  • Beinecke Scholarship, Brown University (2007)
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Brown University (2006)