James N. Gregory

Professor of History, University of Washington

James Gregory is a Professor of History and former Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies at the University of Washington. His research and teaching center on these aspects of 20th century United States history: (1) labor history, particularly the history of American radicalism; (2) regionalism, both the West and the South; (3) race and civil rights history; (4) migration, especially inside the United States.

His prize-winning books include "The Southern Diaspora: How The Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America" and "American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California"

His current work explores the political geography of the American Left and includes the online Mapping American Social Movements project http://depts.washington.edu/moves/

In addition, he is active in the field of digital and public history, directing a set of online projects focused on the labor and civil rights history of the Pacific Northwest. http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/

He currently serves as president of the Labor and Working Class History Association.


  • –present
    Professor of History, University of Washington


  • 1983 
    University of California, Berkeley, PhD/History