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Primary Discipline

Primary Discipline: 

  • Old HierarchyHistoryLabor
Secondary Discipline

Secondary Discipline: 

  • Old HierarchyUrban Studies


Tula Connell is an historian of the United States focusing on 20th century labor and social movements.

An independent scholar, Connell has worked in labor communications for more than 25 years and currently is Senior Communications Officer at the Solidarity Center, an international labor rights organization. Her book, Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee, was published in April 2016 by the University of Illinois Press. Conservative Counterrevolution is a volume in the series, “The Working Class in American History” edited by Nelson Lichtenstein et al.

Connell received her Ph.D. in American History from Georgetown University in 2011, and holds an M.A. in European History from Yale University and a B.A. in Journalism from Marquette University.

Current research areas: 

Intersections of race and class in postwar United States.

Recent scholarly activity: 

Conference Presentations
■ "Historical Perspectives on the 2016 Election: Working-Class Political Culture in the U.S.," coordinator and moderator of panel at June 2017 LAWCHA conference.
■ "Race, Class and a City Divided in Postwar Milwaukee," Urban History Association Conference, Chicago, October 13–16, 2016, part of the three-scholar session: Race, Conservatism and the Working Class City
■ "Race, Class and a City Divided in Postwar Milwaukee," North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, October 20 –22, 2016
■ “ ‘The Virtue of Selfishness’: The Conservative Challenge to Unions and Economic Equality in 1950s Milwaukee,” Fighting Inequality: Class, Race, Power, Labor and Working Class History Association conference, Washington, DC, May 29, 2015
■ “Cities: In the Public Interest?” Cities in History: Urban Identities Reconsidered, Fordham University, New York City, Sept. 17, 2011

Recent publications: 

Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee, University of Illinois Press, April 2016.
"Socialism," Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, forthcoming, October 2018
"‘Labor Rights Are Human Rights’: An Interview with Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association," June 2017, Journal of Working-Class Studies
"1950s Milwaukee: Race, Class, and a City Divided," December 2016, Labor Studies Journal
“John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President,” Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History, 2011
Book Reviews
Early, Steve, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City, December 2017, Journal of Working-Class Studies
McLean, Nancy, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, forthcoming, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History
McKillen, Elizabeth, Making the World Safe for Workers: Labor, the Left and Wilsonian Internationalism, forthcoming, Labor: Studies In Working Class History 

Other activities: 

Sample popular online publications among dozens of pieces published:
"Vel Phillips Broke Sexist Barriers, Challenged Bigots of All Kinds, Even Milwaukee's Mayor," Milwaukee Journal, April 19, 2018
"Thai Unions Collaborate for Success," Labor Online, Jan. 8, 2018
"The Far-Right's 50-Year Project to 'Make America Great Again,'" History News Network, July 17, 2016
"Eyes off the Prize: LIberals in the Postwar Era," Labor Online, February 8, 2016
One Man’s Evolution to Understanding Gender Inequality,” Thomson Reuters, December 2, 2015
"I Was a Garment Worker and I Know Exploitation,” Fashion Revolution, November 2, 2015
The Triangle Fire: Still Burning Before Our Nation,” The Nation, Mar. 24, 2011. 

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