Jay Driskell

New-Haven-CT-2002Jay Driskell is currently an assistant professor of history at Hood College in Frederick, MD and has been a member of SLSA for several years. His work explores the relationship between race, gender, and the forging of effective political solidarities in struggles for power within the urbanizing, segregating South. His recent book, Schooling Jim Crow: The Fight for Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics(University Press of Virginia, 2014), tells the story of how the NAACP organized a voting bloc powerful enough to compel the city of Atlanta to budget $1.5 million for the construction of schools for black students. Jay’s next book will explore how the language of disease and public health shaped the terms of political contestation in Gilded Age Jacksonville, FL. Jay also worked for five years as an organizer for the Graduate Employees and Students Organization (GESO) at Yale University, doing consulting and research work for UNITE HERE and member education for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). Alongside Lane Windham, he also helped build the labor history curriculum for the National Labor College. Currently, he also runs the DC-Area African American Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar, which meets in the IBT archive at George Washington University.