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James Gregory

Williams Endowed Professor
James Gregory

Contact Information

(206) 543-7792
SMI 312B
Office Hours: 
Tu 3:30-4:30 & By Appointment.


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1983

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.

I am the author of American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California (awarded the Ray Allen Billington Prize from the OAH and the Annual Book Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA) and The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America (winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize) . My recent publications (below) focus on the political geography of American radicalism including the centennial edition of The Seattle General Strike, authored by Robert L. Friedheim with an introduction, photo essay, and afterword by James N. Gregory, and the forthcoming essay "Remapping the American Left: A History of Radical Discontinuity," Labor: Studies in Working Class History (April 2020).

In addition, I am active in the field of digital and public history, directing a collection of online sites grouped as the Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium.  These include the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project  and the Mapping American Social Movements Project. 


Selected Research

Courses Taught

Graduate Study Areas

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.

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