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President | Max Krochmal, University of New Orleans

Max Krochmal is Professor of U.S. History, Czech Republic Endowed Professor in Justice and Director of the Ph.D. in Justice Studies at the University of New Orleans. He is the award-winning author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era and co-editor of Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas and Latinx Studies Curriculum in K-12 Schools: A Practical Guide. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, and a Fulbright-GarcĂ­a Robles Fellowship. AOAH Distinguished Lecturer, Krochmal was previously a history professor and the founding Chair of the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and at Texas Christian University.

Vice-President | Sarah McNamara, Texas A&M University

Sarah McNamara is Assistant Professor of History and core faculty in the Latina/o/x & Mexican American Studies Program at Texas A&M University. McNamara’s research centers on Latinx, women and gender, immigration, and labor histories in the modern United States. Her first book, Ybor City: Crucible of the Latina South, examines the U.S. South as a transnational, multi-racial borderland and argues that in this space gender and sexuality played a central role in the (re)making of race, community, region, and nation.

Treasurer | Thomas Alter II, Texas State University, San Marcos

Tom Alter is an assistant professor of history at Texas State University where he specializes in labor, working-class, and Texas history. He is the author of Toward A Cooperative Commonwealth: The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in Texas (University of Illinois Press, 2022). He also has articles published on interactions between Texas Socialists and Mexican revolutionaries, the 2012 Chicago Teachers Union strike, and Occupy Wall Street.

Secretary | Thomas J. Adams, University of South Alabama

Thomas Jessen Adams is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and History (by courtesy) at the University of South Alabama as well as an honorary faculty member in history at the University of Sydney and Senior Research Advisor at Monument Lab. A historian of American labor and political economy, his research focuses on the politics of work and inequality in the postwar US as well the social history of the Gulf South. His publications include Working in the Big Easy: The History and Politics of Labor in New Orleans (co-edited with Steve Striffler).

Graduate Representative | Justin Jolly, Texas Christian University

Justin Jolly is a Ph.D. Candidate at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. His research examines the labor movement, and the conservative response to that movement, in Texas between 1933 and 1955, as well as Texas’s impact on national politics during this crucial period. He received his BA and MA from the University of Texas in Arlington where his studies focused on trans-Atlantic history.

Past President | Bryant Simon, Temple University

Bryant Simon is professor of history at Temple University. He is the author most recently of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (2004), and Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks (2009). His research and scholarship has earned awards and honors from the Fulbright Commission, Humboldt Foundation, Urban History Association, Organization of American Historians, and the Smithsonian Institution. His work and popular commentary have been featured in the New Yorker, Washington Post, New Republic, and numerous other outlets. Over last five years, Simon has lectured around the world and taught at the National University of Singapore, University of Tubingen, and University of Erfurt, and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Simon’s current work focuses on food and society.

Past President (Elections Chair) | Robert Korstad, Duke University

Robert Korstad is Professor of Public Policy and History at Duke University. His research interests include twentieth century U.S. history, labor history, African American history, and contemporary social policy. Korstad’s publications include: To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America (with James L. Leloudis), Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South, Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk About Life in the Segregated South (coeditor), and Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (coauthor).

CONTACT Southern Labor Studies Association 

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University of New Orleans

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