My research and teaching center on four 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. In addition, I am 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. I currently serve as president of the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA).
- Gregory, James. Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005. Print.
- Gregory, James. Upton Sinclair's "I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked". Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. Print.
- Gregory, James. American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Print.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Reagan, Michael. "Capital City: New York in Fiscal Crisis." PhD diss., University of Washington, 2017.
- Quintana, Maria. Contracting Freedom: Race, Empire, and U.S. Labor Importation Programs, 1942-1964. Diss. University of Washington, 2016. Chairs: James Gregory and Moon-Ho Jung.
- Morrow, Alexander. Laboring for the Day: The Pacific Coast and the Economy of Contingent Labor, 1919-1933. Diss. University of Washington, 2015. Chair: James Gregory.
- Beda, Steven. Landscapes of Solidarity: Timber Workers and the Making of Place in the Northwest, 1900-1964. Diss. University of Washington, 2014. Chair: James Gregory.
- Kindig, Jessie. War for Peace: Race, Empire and the Korean War. Diss. University of Washington, 2014. Chairs: James Gregory and Moon-Ho Jung.
- Griffey, Trevor. Black Power's labor politics: the United Construction Workers Association and Title VII law in the 1970s. Diss. University of Washington, 2011. Chair: James Gregory.
- Wycoff, Joseph. The Gilded Cage: Manufacturers' Associations And The Formation Of Capitalist Class-Consciousness in the United States, 1820-1900. Diss. University of Washington, 2009. Chair: James Gregory.
- Bailey, Anna. How Scuffletown became Indian country: political change and tranformations in Indian identity in Robeson County, North Carolina, 1865-1956. Diss. University of Washington, 2008. Chairs: James Gregory and Alexandra Harmon.
Division: United States History
My graduate teaching fields are tailored to the individual interests of students. We will work out precise subject areas and reading lists as we proceed. Subject to those negotiations, students generally choose one of the following concentrations:
Twentieth Century U.S.
I prefer to treat this as a broad field that covers the full chronological sweep of the century. Students will read widely, developing a modest familiarity with the literature on a large number of subjects (including politics, culture, foreign relations, race, gender, labor, region, urban). Depending upon interests, certain issues and time periods will be developed in more depth.
Class, Race, Labor, and Political Economy
This concentration joins the subject of American political economy with those of labor history and race/ethnic formation covering both the 19th and the 20th centuries.
Regions, Migration, Immigration
This concentration explores place and mobility in American history with readings that examine how place identities and regional political economies have been formed and maintained and how migrations (both from abroad and internal) reshape places and people.
- Labor and Working-Class History Association Holds Conference at the UW - July 28, 2017
- Faculty Featured in Local, National News Media - April 24, 2017
- Professor James Gregory Interviewed by KUOW - March 28, 2017
- Letter from the Chair, Spring, 2016 - May 1, 2016
- Excavating Seattle's Past: 2016 History Lecture Series in Retrospect - March 25, 2016
- Digital History Initiative: Mapping American Social Movements Through the 20th Century - March 3, 2016
- James Gregory wins Barclay Simpson Prize - April 26, 2015
- Distinguished Lecturers - July 7, 2014
- Professor James Gregory elected vice-president of the Labor and Working-Class History Association - February 18, 2014
- Prof. James Gregory featured in CNN piece on Washington State and Workers' Rights - February 7, 2014