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Shipping Out

Race, Performance, and Labor at Sea

How race, performance, and labor interconnect on Caribbean cruise ships through the lens of a destination lecturer

Pleasure Grounds of Death

The Rural Cemetery in Nineteenth-Century America

Revealing how landscapes dedicated to the perpetual care of the dead mirrored the transformations and conflicts of the nineteenth century in American society

Stephanie Dinkins

On Love & Data

Art’s power to challenge inequities and build inclusive dialogues

Fourth Revolution and the Bottom Four Billion

Making Technologies Work for the Poor

Advanced technology for the Bottom Four Billion

Living Labor

Fiction, Film, and Precarious Work

Examines new narratives about work and workers in the age of transnational migration and precarious labor

Architectures of Hope

Infrastructural Citizenship and Class Mobility in Brazil's Public Housing

On the eve of the 2008 financial crisis, Brazil implemented its largest-ever public housing program, the Minha Casa Minha Vida

Architectures of Hope

Infrastructural Citizenship and Class Mobility in Brazil’s Public Housing

On the eve of the 2008 financial crisis, Brazil implemented its largest-ever public housing program, the Minha Casa Minha Vida

Staged Readings

Contesting Class in Popular American Theater and Literature, 1835-75

How popular culture helped to create class in nineteenth-century America

Working Backstage

A Cultural History and Ethnography of Technical Theater Labor

Places backstage workers in the spotlight to acknowledge their essential roles in creating Broadway magic


The General Motors Strike of 1936-1937

With a New Foreword by Kim Moody

Studies the most significant American labor conflict of the 20th century

The Dangerous Class

The Concept of the Lumpenproletariat

The lumpenstate dystopia of the Trump/Brexit era

Clothed in Meaning

Literature, Labor, and Cotton in Nineteenth-Century America

Textured readings of the literary expression of workers in the era of big cotton

Of Vagabonds and Fellow Travelers

African Diaspora Literary Culture and the Cultural Cold War

Yields new insights by connecting Cold War counter-hegemonic writings in English and French by intellectuals of the African diaspora

Dirty Work

Domestic Service in Progressive-Era Women’s Fiction

What representations of domestic service in literature reveal about various Progressive Era cultural narratives

The Harvest of American Racism

The Political Meaning of Violence in the Summer of 1967

In print for the first time--the document that the Kerner Commission did not want to see released

The Half-Life of Deindustrialization

Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring

Examines how contemporary American working- class literature reveals the long- term effects of deindustrialization on individuals and communities

Memory, Meaning, and Resistance

Reflecting on Oral History and Women at the Margins

A pioneering oral historian analyzes recurring themes in the lives of poor and working-class women

Middle Class Union

Organizing the ‘Consuming Public’ in Post-World War I America

Examines the birth of the American middle class as white-collar workers used their growing consumer identity to organize politically

The Poverty Law Canon

Exploring the Major Cases

Engaging narratives that move beyond the final opinions of the Supreme Court to reveal the people and stories behind key poverty-law cases of the last 50 years

How the Workers Became Muslims

Immigration, Culture, and Hegemonic Transformation in Europe

An exploration of immigration, and how European far right groups attract seemingly left populations by emphasizing culture over economics

Dreams for Dead Bodies

Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction

Explores U.S. detective fiction's deep engagement with the shifting dynamics of race and labor in America

Anti-Imperialist Modernism

Race and Transnational Radical Culture from the Great Depression to the Cold War

A unique excavation of how U.S. cross-border, anti-imperialist movements shaped cultural modernism

Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties

Notes on the Civil Rights Movement, Neoliberalism, and Politics

A spirited argument for moving beyond the legacy of the Civil Rights era to best understand the current situation of African Americans

Dividing Lines

Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction

Provides fresh insights on the intersection of race and class in black fiction from the 1880s to 1900s

The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit

A guide to the emergence of alternative urban cultures in the wake of Detroit's economic decline