David R. Roediger, PhD

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies, History
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Chairperson
Primary office:
785-864-2309
213D Bailey Hall
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129


Summary

David Roediger is the Foundation Professor of American Studies at University of Kansas where he teaches and writes on race and class in the United States. Educated through college at public schools in Illinois, he completed doctoral work at Northwestern University. His recent books include Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All, How Race Survived U.S. History, and (with Elizabeth Esch) The Production of Difference. His older writings on race, immigration, and working class history include The Wages of Whiteness and Working toward Whiteness.

Teaching

Professor Roediger offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses on literature, popular culture, work, gender, and race. All have the teaching of writing as a central goal.

Teaching Interests

  • Labor
  • Slavery
  • Management
  • Race

Research

Professor Roediger's work focuses on race and class in the U.S. His current project is a history of the middle class from 1830 until the present.

Research Interests

  • Labor
  • Race
  • Immigration
  • Social movements

Service

In 2015 and 2016 Professor Roediger is president of the American Studies Association.

Selected Publications

Roediger, D. R. (in press). The Unhappy History of the Middle Class, OR Books.

Roediger, D. R. (2016). Whiteness and Race. In R. Bayor (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity (pp. 197-212). New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199766031.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199766031-e-012?rskey=BCOPS4&result=1

Roediger, D. R. (in press). The General Strike of the Slaves and Freedom for All: The Emancipationist Impulse and the Civil War, Verso Books.

Roediger, D. R. (2013). Learning About Whiteness and Race in the Immigration History of the United States. In R. Bayor (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Immigration History. Oxford University Press.

Roediger, D. R., & Esch, E. (2012). The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in U.S. History, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Roediger, D. R. (2011). Notes on Morrison, Baldwin, and the Art of Nonfiction.

Roediger, D. R. (2009). 'One Symptom of Originality': Race and the Management of Labor in U.S. History. Historical Materialism, 17, 3-43.


Announcements
  • This article, written by Geoffry Newman, was published in the August edition of the Kansas History Journal. Congratulations Geoffry!
  • Rachel Schwaller and Saoussen Cheddadi successfully defended their respective dissertations on October 29, 2018. Congratulations, Drs. Schwaller and Cheddadi!
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kathryn Vaggalis for being awarded the American Studies Association's 2018 Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize!
  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
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