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James R. Barrett <email@example.com>
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Address:||Department of History
309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Champaign, Illinois 61801
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-HOAC
|Interests:||Ethnic History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Urban History / Studies
A.B., Honors, History, 1972, University of Illinois at Chicago.
M.A., Comparative Labor History, 1974, Center for The Study of Social History, University of Warwick (Coventry, England).
Ph.D., History, 1981, University of Pittsburgh.
RELATED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:
Assistant Professor to Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984-Present; Chair, 1997-2000; Assoc. Chair, 1987-1989; Assoc. Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, 1991-1993; Faculty Affiliate, African-American Studies and Research Program, 1986-Present; Campus Honors Program Faculty, 1995-Present. Coursework: large lecture courses in Twentieth Century and 1877-Present, U.S.; upper division courses in U.S., 1900-1933, U.S. Urban and Social, and U.S. Working Class History; undergraduate seminars in US urban and social history; graduate reading and research seminars in U.S. Immigration and Comparative Social History, particularly class, race, and ethnicity.
James R. Barrett, William Z. Foster and the Tragedy of American Radicalism, University of Illinois Press, 1999; paper, 2001.
James R. Barrett, Work and Community in 'The Jungle': Chicago's Packing House Workers, 1894-1922, University of Illinois Press, 1987; paper, 1990.
Steve Nelson, James R. Barrett and Rob Ruck Steve Nelson, American Radical, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1981; Paper, 1992.
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, edited with an introduction and notes by James R. Barrett, University of Illinois Press, 1988.
Articles: (Selected recent articles)
“Ethnic and Racial Fragmentation: Toward an Interpretation of a Local Labor Movement” in Joe Trotter, Earl Lewis, Tera Hunter, Eds. African American Urban Studies: Historical, Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives (forthcoming, Palgrave Publishing Co., 2003)
“Revolution and Personal Crisis: William Z. Foster and the American Communist Personal Narrative,” in press Labor History, 43:4 (Fall 2002): 465-482. (Reprinted in Kevin Morgan, Ed. People of a Different Mould? Studies in Communist Biography (forthcoming, Lang, 2003).
“Whiteness Studies: Anything Here for Working Class Historians?” International Labor and Working Class History, 60 (Fall 2001): 33-42.
SELECTED RECENT CONFERENCE and INVITED PAPERS:
“Class Act: David Montgomery, the ‘Pittsburgh School’, and Working Class Historiography,” North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, October 17, 2002.
(with David Roediger) “Irish Everywhere: Irish Americans and the ‘Americanization’ of the ‘New Immigrants’, 1900-1930,” Neale/Commonwealth Fund Conference: “Rewriting Irish Histories”, University College London, April 6, 2002; Newberry Library Labor History Seminar, May 3, 2002.
(with David Roediger) “Irish Hosts and White Pan-Ethnicity: Or, Who Made the New Immigrants Inbetween?” SSRC Study Group on Race and Immigration, Santa Cruz, CA, March 7-9, 2002.
“What Is Working Class History and Why Should Our Children Study It?” Champaign County AFL-CIO, January 31, 2002.
“Vatican II Comes to the West Side: Race and Religion in Chicago, 1950-1970,” Father Martin Mangan Memorial Lecture, Decatur, Illinois, December 10, 2001.
“New Work on the History of the ‘New Immigrant’ Workers,” North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, October 17-20, 2001.
“The Blessed Virgin Made Me a Socialist Historian: An Experiment in Autobiography and the Historiography of Race and Class,” invited paper, conference, Faith and History, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, March 29-April 1, 2001.
“From the Global to the Personal: Newer and Older Approaches to Understanding the ‘New Immigrant’ Workers, 1880’s – 1940’s,” invited paper, conference, “Interrogating Whiteness,” University of Toronto/York University, Toronto, CA, October 2000; faculty seminar, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Osaka, Japan, May 2001.