Joseph A. McCartin

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Joseph A. McCartin
BornMay 12, 1959
Chelsea, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
Academic background
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross,
Binghamton University
Academic work
Disciplinehistory
Sub-disciplinelabor history
InstitutionsUniversity of Rhode Island,
State University of New York at Geneseo,
Georgetown University

Joseph A. McCartin (born May 12, 1959) is a professor of history at Georgetown University whose research focuses on labor unions in the United States. He also serves as the executive director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

Early life and education[edit]

McCartin was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, in 1959, and is the son of Joseph and Marybeth McCartin. Joseph McCartin is of Irish descent, and resided in Troy, New York as a child. In 1981 he received his bachelor's degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1985 he received a master's degree, and in 1990 a doctor of philosophy, both from Binghamton University.

From 1990 to 1992, he was a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island. In 1992, he was appointed an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Geneseo. In 1998 he was promoted to associate professor, and in 1999, McCartin took a position at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he is now a professor and the executive director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

His brother is noted Catholic historian James McCartin.

Research focus[edit]

McCartin is a historical institutionalist whose research focuses on the history of labor unions in the United States during the 20th century. McCartin is a strong advocate of industrial democracy, an economic arrangement in which workers share in the management of the workplace. He has challenged many of the labor movement's closely held beliefs, including the idea that the PATCO air traffic controllers' strike of 1981 began, rather than culminated, an attack on labor rights in the United States.[1]

Awards[edit]

McCartin's 1997 book, Labor’s Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-21, won the 1999 Philip Taft Labor History Book Award for the best book on labor history.

McCartin's article, " 'Fire the Hell Out of Them': Sanitation Workers' Struggles and the Normalization of the Striker Replacement Strategy in the 1970s", won the Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas prize as the best article on labor history published in 2005.

McCartin was named a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1993 and again in 2002. In 2003, he was named a Charles Warren Fellow at Harvard University.

Published works[edit]

Solely authored books[edit]

  • Labor’s Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-21. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8078-4679-1
  • Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America. Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0199325207

Co-authored books[edit]

  • McCartin, Joseph A. and Dubofsky, Melvyn. American Labor: A Documentary Collection. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004. ISBN 0-312-29564-2

Co-edited books[edit]

  • Kazin, Michael and McCartin, Joseph A, eds. Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. ISBN 0-8078-3010-0
  • Dubofsky, Melvyn. We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World. Abridged edition. Joseph A. McCartin, ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000. ISBN 0-252-06905-6
  • Leon Fink, Joseph A. McCartin, and Joan Sangster, eds. Workers in Hard Times: A Long View of Economic Crises. University of Illinois Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0252038174.
  • Milkman, Ruth. What Works for Workers: Public Policies and Innovative Strategies for Low Wage Workers. Stephanie Luce, Jennifer Luff, and Joseph A. McCartin, eds. Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 2014. ISBN 978-0871545718

Solely authored articles[edit]

  • "Re-Framing the Crisis of U.S. Labor: Rights, Democracy, and Political Economy." Labour/Le Travail. 2007.
  • "Bringing the State’s Workers In: Time to Rectify an Imbalanced U.S. Labor Historiography." Labor History. 47:1 (2006).
  • " 'Fire the Hell Out of Them': Sanitation Workers’ Struggles and the Normalization of the Striker Replacement Strategy in the 1970s." Labor: Studies in the Working-Class History. 2:3 (2005).
  • "Democratizing the Demand for Workers’ Rights: Toward a Reframing of Labor's Argument." Dissent. 2005.

Solely authored book chapters[edit]

  • "Utraque Unum: Finding My Way as a Catholic and a Historian." In Faith and the Historian: Catholic Perspectives. Nick Salvatore, ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. ISBN 0-252-03143-1
  • "Managing Discontent: The Life and Career of Leamon Hood, Black Public Employee Union Activist." In The Black Worker: Race, Labor, and Civil Rights Since Emancipation. Eric Arnesen, ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. ISBN 0-252-07380-0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph A. McCartin, Labor’s Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-21, 1997.

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