Eric Arnesen

Eric Arnesen is professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and president of the Historical Society. He specializes in race, labor, and civil rights. He is author of two award-winning studies, Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality (Harvard University Press, 2001) and Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923 (Oxford University Press, 1991), as well as Black Protest and the Great Migration: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2002); he is editor or coeditor of four other books, including The Black Worker: Race, Labor, and Civil Rights Since Emancipation (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming) and The Human Tradition in American Labor History (Scholarly Resources, 2003). His articles have appeared in many historical journals, including the American Historical Review and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. A regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Arnesen received the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism. He is currently writing a biography of civil rights and labor leader A. Philip Randolph. He received is B.A. in government from Wesleyan University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1986. He taught at Smith College, Yale University, and Harvard University prior to joining the African-American studies and history faculties of the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1992. He was Fulbright scholar at Uppsala University in 2006 and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.

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