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Real name: 

Primary Discipline

Primary Discipline: 

  • Old HierarchyHistoryJewish History
Secondary Discipline

Secondary Discipline: 

  • Humanities

Further Specification: 

Jewish Studies


Susan R Breitzer. is an educational content writer and independent historian, specializing in U.S. social, political, immigration, and labor history.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars and is currently serving as the organization’s Historian/Archivist. She has published papers in History Compass, Indiana Magazine of History, Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts, The Independent Scholar, and Religions. She has taught United States and world history at Fayetteville State University and Campbell University--Fort Bragg and general education for Ashford University.

Current research areas: 

Jewish labor history; Race, Immigration, and Labor; Labor Organization in Higher Education.

Recent publications: 

“Gender, Independent Scholarship, and the National Coalition of Independent Scholars,” The Independent Scholar. Volume 4 (December 2018) “ Gender and Society”: 43-50.
“Industry or Holy Vocation: When Shehitah and Kashrut Entered the Public Sphere in the United States During the Age of Reform.” Religions 9, no.10:  296. 2018
“The Difference a Union Makes: Graduate Employee Activists' Engaged Scholarship and Working Lives,” in Civic Labors: Scholars, Teachers, Activists, and Working-Class History, ed. Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. McKerley. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 2016.
“Race, Immigration, and Contested Americanness: Black Nativism and the American Labor Movement, 1880-1930,” Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts” (Special Issue, “Reworking Race and Labor”), Volume 4. Number 2 (Winter 2011): 269-83.
“Writing the Worlds of Our Fathers and Mothers: The Fall and Rise of American Jewish Labor History,” History Compass. 9/2 (2011): 147-161.
“Uneasy Alliances: Hull House, the Garment Workers’ Strikes, and the Jews of Chicago,” Indiana Magazine of History. Volume 106, No. 1 (March 2010): 40-70.
“Loved Labor’s Losses: The Congress of Industrial Organizations and the Effects of McCarthyism,” History Compass. Vol. 4, No. 5 (September 2009): 1400-1415.

Other activities: 

I am currently serving  on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, for which I organized this organizations first affiliated society panel  and the first co-sponsored roundatble for the American Historical Association,have currently submitted a roundtable proposal on practicing history as an independent scholar for the 2015 AHA meeting. I have also chaired the Review Committee for the 2015 NCIS National Conference, and am currentlly working an scholarly history of gender, independent scholarship, and the founding of NCIS to be presented at the 2017 Berkshire Conference on Women, Gender and Sexualities.

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