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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

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.

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