David R. Roediger, PhD

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

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.


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


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


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.

  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey for being awarded the 2017 Graduate Studies Summer Scholarship.
  • Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Schwallerhas been awarded the Hall Center's Sias Fellowship for Spring 2018.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Seizing Freedom: With David Roediger and Peter St. Clair
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
  • CLAS names 1st associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion (KU News link)
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student Marilyn Ortega for being selected as one of the inaugural National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellows for 2017.
  • Ben Schmack won the Best Ph.D. Paper Award at the 2016 Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Conference.  Congratulations, Ben!
  • Congratulations to Kathryn Vaggalis who received the Center for Migration Research Graduate Student Grant.
  • Ph.D. student Gamze Kati was one of the winners of the second annual IEHS graduate student blog competition this year.  Congratulations, Gamze!
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