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Joshua B. Freeman, Professor of History

Office: Powdermaker 352-Y
Phone: (718) 997-5047
Fax: (718) 997-5359
jfreeman@gc.cuny.edu

Academic Biography
Joshua B. Freeman is a Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is associated with its Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Professor Freeman received a BA from Harvard University and MA and PhD degrees from Rutgers University. He previously taught at Columbia University and the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He has written extensively about the history of labor, modern America, and New York City. His books include Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II (New Press, 2000) and In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966 (Oxford University Press, 1989; reprinted with Temple University Press, 2001). With Steve Fraser he co-edited Audacious Democracy: Labor, Intellectuals, and the Social Renewal of America (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), and he co-authored with a team of scholars Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture and Society, volume 2 (Pantheon Books, 1992). He has written articles and book reviews for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, and The Nation and served as co-editor of the journal International Labor and Working-Class History. Professor Freeman has appeared in a number of television documentaries, including Ric Burns's New York: A Documentary Film. He is currently writing a history of the United States since World War II, which will be the final volume of the Penguin History of the United States.

Recent Book Chapters and Articles
"Lindsay and Labor," in The Lindsay Years (New York: Columbia University Press and the Museum of the City of New York, 2010)

"Sliding through the Seventies," in New York 400: A Visual History of America's Greatest City with Images from the Museum of the City of New York (New York: Running Press and the Museum of the City of New York, 2009)

"The Persistence and Demise of Ethnic Union Locals in New York City after World War II," Journal of American Ethnic History (Spring 2007)

"Anatomy of a Strike: New York City Transit Workers Confront the Power Elite," New Labor Forum (Fall 2006)

"Labor During the American Century: Work, Workers, and Unions Since 1945," in Blackwell Companion to Post-1945 America, ed. Roy Rosenzweig and Jean-Christopher Agnew (Blackwell Publishers, 2002)

Fellowships and Honors
2006: John Commerford Labor Education Award, New York Labor History Association
2002-5: Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians
2000: Queens College President's Grant for Innovative Teaching Projects
1996: American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
1995: NEH Fellowship for University Teachers


 

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