20th-century U.S., Race, Labor
Eric Arnesen, the Teamsters Professor of History in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University, is a specialist in the history of race, labor, politics, and civil rights. Among his books are Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality (2001), which received the 2001 Wesley-Logan Prize in Diaspora History from the AHA and the ASAALH, and Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923 (1991), which won the AHA’s John H. Dunning Prize. He is also the author of Black Protest and the Great Migration: A Brief History with Documents, editor of the 3-volume Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History (2006), The Black Worker: Race, Labor, and Civil Rights since Emancipation (2007), and The Human Tradition in American Labor History (2002), and co-editor of Labor Histories: Class, Politics, and the Working-Class Experience (1998). His scholarly articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, American Communist History, Labor History, Labor’s Heritage, and the International Review of Social History; he was a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune and his reviews and review essays have appeared in the New Republic, the Nation, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and Dissent.
A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Harvard's Charles Warren Center, he held the Distinguished Fulbright Chair at Uppsala University in Sweden. He is currently co-chair of the Washington History Seminar at the Wilson Center, the director of the American Historical Association's National History Center, and a deputy academic director of the Albert H. Small Normandy Institute at GW. He is completing a biography of the civil rights and labor leader A. Philip Randolph.