Julie Greene

Julie Greene

Julie Greene is a professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (2009), which won the OAH James A. Rawley Prize. Her interests span labor and working-class history, immigration, the history of empire, and transnational and global approaches to history. With Ira Berlin, Greene is a cofounder (with Ira Berlin) and director of the Center for Global Migration Studies at the University of Maryland, devoted to understanding immigration and global migrations. She is currently working on two book projects. The first, entitled "Box 25: Exploring the World of Caribbean Workers," uses a set of remarkable memoirs written by canal workers as the starting point for recreating their travels and travails. The second, entitled "Movable Empire: Labor Migrations and the Making of U.S. Global Power, 1890–1934," examines the role of labor and migration in the making of the U.S. "New Empire," spanning the Caribbean, Central America, and onward to Hawaii and the Philippines. A past president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, she is currently the president of the Labor and Working-Class History Association. Greene has written for a range of media outlets, including Huffington Post and Dissent; she has participated also in documentary films including the recent Panama Canal episode of "American Experience" on PBS.

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  • "Too Wretched for Women": Agriculture, Modernization, and Gender at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"
  • Understanding the Workers of Trumpland: How History Shaped the Politics of 2016 *
  • When Benjamin Franklin Worried about the Swarthy Germans: How Anxiety about Immigrants Shaped the United States *
  • Who Is an American? Belonging and Exclusion in American History (and How It Shapes the Present) *
  • Diaspora, Race, and the Canal Builders: Afro-Caribbeans and African Americans in the Construction of the Panama Canal
  • Women and the Work of Empire: Housewives, Servants, and Others in the Panama Canal Zone, 1904–1914
  • Movable Empire: Labor Migrations and the Making of U.S. Global Power, 1890–1934
  • Ditch Diggers of the World: Capitalism, Expansionism, and Working-Class Formation

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.