I'm Frankenthal Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Democracy and Justice Studies. I've been teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay since 1997. I offer a variety of courses including: the U.S. History Survey, U.S. Immigration History, U.S. Economic and Business History, Wisconsin History, the History Seminar, and the Seminar in Democracy and Justice Studies.
I am a U.S. historian interested in the political lives, experiences, and struggles of average workers. In all my courses, I emphasize themes such as daily life and labor, immigration, politics, and economic change. In all my courses, I also rigorously teach historical methods and skills. I am also interested in public history. I have worked to create an exhibit about Pullman Porters as well as a digital archive of Brown County, Wisconsin's World War I soldiers.
My research and writing have centered on the experiences of workers in the late 19th and 20th Centuries. My first book, Race, Jobs, and the War (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000) was an investigation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fair Employment Practice Committee (FEPC). My two latest books are: Labor's Home Front: The American Federation of Labor and World War II (New York: New York University Press, 2006); and A. Philip Randolph: A Life in the Vanguard (Landham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). The first explores the neglected history of the AFL during the 1940s, and the second is a short biography with documents intended for college classrooms. My latest books are Clarence Darrow, American Iconoclast (Hill and Wang, 2011) and The Battle for Wisconsin: Scott Walker and the Attack on the Progressive Tradition (Hill and Wang, 2011). I blog at "Clarence Darrow, American Iconoclasts, and Modern Politics."