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Professor of History, Western Illinois University

Author of "Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area* (University of Illinois Press, 2018) and *Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive Era Philadelphia* (University of Illinois Press, 2007). Co-editor of "Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW" (Pluto Press, 2017) and editor of "Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly" (Charles H. Kerr Press, 2007).

I also am a Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

I write on labor, race, and politics from both a historical and contemporary perspective for online and print media.


  • –present
    Professor of History, Western Illinois University


  • 1997 
    Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, Ph.D. History