SLSA Elects Three New Executive Board Members

The membership of the Southern Labor Studies Association has elected three new Executive Board members for two-year terms starting in Spring 2017. The newly elected board members are Adrienne Petty (City College of New York), Greta de Jong (University of Nevada), and Laurie Green (University of Texas, Austin). They will replace outgoing board members Saket Soni, Yuridia Ramirez, and Emily Ricards who have served on the board since 2015.

Adrienne Petty is an associate professor at the City College of New York in Harlem, where she teaches courses in U.S. history. Petty co-directed the oral history project “Breaking New Ground: A History of African American Farm Owners,” which produced more than 300 interviews of black farmers and their descendants about their experience in southern agriculture. The interviews are part of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Collection. Petty and the project’s co-director, historian Mark Schultz of Lewis University, are currently writing a book based on the interviews. Petty’s book, Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War (2013), won the H.L. Mitchell Award of the Southern Historical Association and the Theodore Saloutos Award of the Agricultural History SocietyPetty has twice served on the program committee of the Southern Historical Association and currently serves on the Jack Temple Kirby Prize Committee for that association. She also served as the local arrangements chair for the 2016 Agricultural History Society annual meeting, and a program committee member for the 2016 Oral History Association annual meeting.

Greta de Jong is an associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches courses on African American history, race and ethnicity, social movements, and post-1945 U.S. history. Her research focuses on the connections between race and class and the ways that African Americans have fought for economic as well as political rights from the end of Reconstruction through the twenty-first century. She has written three books: A Different Day: African American Struggles for Justice in Rural Louisiana, 1900–1970 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002); Invisible Enemy: The African American Freedom Struggle after 1965 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010); and You Can’t Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). She was the director of the interdisciplinary Core Humanities program at UNR from 2013–2017 and has served on numerous university committees. She has also served on membership committees for the Organization of American Historians and the Labor and Working-Class History Association.

Laurie Green is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to graduate school, she worked in San Francisco as a community organizer on food and land issues. She earned an MA at NYU before completing her PhD at the University of Chicago. In 2008, Laurie’s first book, Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle, won the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award. In 2014, University of Minnesota Press published Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America, which she co-edited with Martin Summers and John Mckiernan-González. She is now completing “The Discovery of Hunger in America: The Politics of Race, Hunger and Malnutrition, 1965-1977.” Green is currently a fellow in the OpEd Project’s Public Voices program, which helps women and people of color—who are underrepresented as writers of opinion pieces in major publications—bring their knowledge into public debate over issues of social justice.