OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Eric Arnesen

Portrait of Eric Arnesen

Eric Arnesen specializes in the history of race, labor, and civil rights. James R. Hoffa Professor of American Labor History and Vice Dean for Faculty and Administration in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University, he is the author of two award-winning books—Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality (2001) and Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923 (1991)—as well as the author, editor, or coeditor of four other books. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he has published regularly in the Chicago Tribune and his reviews and review essays have appeared in the New Republic, the Nation, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Historically Speaking, and Dissent. He regularly writes for and edits several children's history magazines and currently codirects the Washington History Seminar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard's Charles Warren Center, he has also held the Distinguished Fulbright Chair at Uppsala University in Sweden and received the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism. He is completing a biography of the civil rights and labor leader A. Philip Randolph.

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