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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Robert W. Cherny

Robert W. ChernyRobert Cherny is a professor emeritus of history at San Francisco State University. He is currently working on a biography of Harry Bridges, the longtime leader of the Pacific Coast longshore union. His most recent book is Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art (2017); a leading muralist in San Francisco during the 1930s, Arnautoff was an officer in the White Siberian Army during the Russian Civil War, became a member of the Communist Party in the late 1930s, and emigrated to the Soviet Union after retiring from the Stanford art faculty. Cherny's other books include American Politics in the Gilded Age, 1868–1900 (1997); San Francisco, 1865–1932 (1986), with William Issel; A Righteous Cause: The Life of William Jennings Bryan (1985); coedited anthologies on California women and politics (2011) and labor and the Cold War (2004); and coauthored textbooks on U.S. and California history. He is also the author of numerous journal articles and anthology chapters. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer at Moscow State University, and Senior Fulbright Lecturer at Heidelberg University.

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