Michael GordonMichael A. Gordon

Associate Professor Emeritus

e-mail: mgordon@uwm.edu
Web Site: people.uwm.edu/mgordon/

Degree(s):

Ph.D., University of Rochester (1977)
B.S., Northwestern University (1963)

Research Interests:

American labor, public, community, Wisconsin.
Current projects: company towns in Wisconsin; historiographical essay on small cities; barter and commodity exchange efforts in early Depression era Milwaukee.

Teaching Areas:

American labor history, history of Wisconsin, local history research methods, approaches to history, oral history, public history, the 1950s.

Courses Offered:

HIST 192: Freshman seminar on the 1950s
HIST 293: Seminar on Historical Method: Theory and Approach
HIST 440: History of the American Working Classes
HIST 451: History of Wisconsin
HIST 714: Oral History
HIST 715: Research Methods in Local History

Other Activities:

Co-coordinator, Public History Specialization; editor, Milwaukee History (published by Milwaukee County Historical Society); board member, Milwaukee County Historical Society.

Recent Publications and Awards:

The Orange Riots: Irish Political Violence in New York City, 1870 and 1871 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993).

Staging The Line: The Creation of a Play about the Patrick Cudahy Meat Packing Strike of 1987-1989, Labor's Heritage (fall 1997), 58-78.

Memory and Performance in Staging The Line in Milwaukee: A Play about the Bitter Patrick Cudahy Strike of 1987-1989, in Della Pollock, ed., Remembering: Oral History Performance (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), 85-100.

Staging The Line (1996), in Peter J. Watson-Boone, ed., The Quest for Social Justice III: The Morris Fromkin Memorial Lectures 1992-2002 (Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, 2005), 137-156.

Milwaukee Anarchists and the Midwest Anarchist Connection, Wisconsin Magazine of History (forthcoming fall 2009).

Special Honors

Wisconsin Humanities Council's 2001 Governor's Humanities Award for Excellence in Public Humanities Scholarship (2001).

Milwaukee County Historical Society Merit Award for Ayears of service as the Coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Public History Program (2004).