Jerald E. Podair




Associate Professor of History and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies, Lawrence University



Princeton University, Ph.D., 1997.

Dissertation: Like Strangers: Blacks, Whites, and New York City's Ocean Hill–Brownsville Crisis, 1945-1980

Study of race relations in post-World War II New York City, built around Ocean Hill-Brownsville school decentralization crisis of 1968.

Winner, 1998 Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians.

Dissertation Advisers: Alan Brinkley and James McPherson.


Princeton University, M.A., 1991.


Columbia University Law School, J.D., 1977.


New York University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1974.





Assistant Professor of History, Lawrence University, 1998-2003.


Lecturer, Princeton University Department of History, 1997-1998.


Assistant in Instruction, Princeton University Department of History, 1994-1997.


Practicing Attorney, New York, NY, 1977-1988.




The Strike That Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville      

            Crisis (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002).


Finalist, 2003 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award, awarded by the

Organization of American Historians for the best book on any aspect of the struggle for civil rights in the United States.


Honorable Mention, 2003 Urban History Association Book Award, for best book in North American urban history.


Review, Citizen Teacher: The Life and Leadership of Margaret Haley, by Kate

            Rousmaniere, and Learning to Forget: Schooling and Family Life in New Havenπs

            Working Class, 1870-1940, by Stephen Lassonde, Labor: Studies in Working-

            Class History of the Americas, forthcoming.


Edward Daniels, in Sara B. Bearss, ed., Dictionary of Virginia Biography (Richmond:

            The Library of Virginia, forthcoming).


Ocean Hill-Brownsville Strike (1968), in Eric Arnesen, ed., Encyclopedia of U.S.

            Labor and Working-Class History (New York and London: Routledge, 2007).


Neighborhood Power, Journal of Urban History, 31 (July 2005): 746-52.


Review, The African-American Urban Experience: Perspectives from the Colonial Period

            to the Present, Joe W. Trotter, Earl Lewis, and Tera W. Hunter, eds., Urban

            Studies, 42 (July 2005): 3-5.


Lights Out, Reviews in American History, 32 (June 2004): 267-73.


The Strikes That Changed New York: Race, Culture, and Ocean, Hill-Brownsville, 1960-

            1975, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, 26 (January 2002):



Review, Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, Jews, and the Changing Face of the Ghetto, by

            Wendell Pritchett, Urban Studies, 40 (January 2003): 183-85.


Review, Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, Jews, and the Changing Face of the Ghetto, by

            Wendell Pritchett, American Studies, 43 (Fall 2002): 139.


Ocean Hill-Brownsville and Albert Shanker, in Peter Eisenstadt, ed., The

            Encyclopedia of New York State (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press,



Review, Black Newspapers & Americaπs War for Democracy, 1914-1920, by William G.

            Jordan, The Historian, 65 (March 2003): 724-25.


Views From the 110th Floor, Review, Twin Towers: The Life of

New York Cityπs World Trade Center, by Angus Kress Gillespie, and Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York's World Trade Center, by Eric Darton, H-Urban, H-Net Reviews, August 2000.



New York, in Waldo E. Martin, Jr., and Patricia Sullivan, eds., Civil Rights in the

            United States (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2000).


White Values, Black Values: The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Controversy and New

            York City Culture, 1965-1975, Radical History Review, 59 (Spring

            1994): 36-59.


The Failure to See: Jews, Blacks, and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Controversy

            (Philadelphia: Temple University Center for American Jewish History,




CONFERENCE PAPERS (partial list):


Like Strangers: Blacks, Jews, and New York City's Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis

(American Jerusalem Academy for Contemporary Jewish Studies, Highland Park, NJ, January 22, 2006).


An Awful Choice: Bayard Rustin and New York City's Civil Rights Wars, 1968 (presented at A New Nation, Princeton University, Department of History, Princeton, NJ, April 9, 2005).


New Currencies: Racial Identity and the Redefinition of the New York City Public

Education Market, 1960-1980 (presented at Selling Race: The Limits and Liberties of

Markets, University of California at Los Angeles, Center for Modern & Contemporary

Studies, Los Angeles, CA, October 25, 2002).


Free Labor and Its Paradoxes: Edward Daniels and the Gunston Hall Experiment

(presented at the Southern Labor Studies Conference, Miami, FL, April 28, 2002).


The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis of 1968: New York's Antigone (presented at the

Conference on New York City History, City University of New York, New York, NY,

October 6, 2001).


'Making Our Own Rules For Our Own Schools': Racial Identity and the Battle For New

York City's Education Market, 1960-1980 (presented at Annual Meeting of the

Organization of American Historians, Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2001).


The Strike That Changed New York: Race, Culture, and Ocean Hill-Brownsville, 1960-

1975 (presented at the Conference on New York State History, Fordham University,

Bronx, NY, June 17, 2000).


Mugged Liberals: Jews, Blacks, and New York Cityπs Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis

(presented at The History of American Jewish Political Conservatism, Washington,

DC, April 16, 1999).


Redefining a City: Jews, Catholics, African-Americans, and School Decentralization in

New York, 1960-1975 (presented at Annual Meeting of the Organization of American

Historians, San Francisco, CA, April 19, 1996).


'Community' and Its Perils: Local School Control and Civil Rights in New York City,

1960-1980(presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research

Association, New York, NY, April 12, 1996).


Crucible at Ocean Hill-Brownsville: New York City Teachers and School

Decentralization, 1965-1975 (presented at Rebellion, Revolution, and Reform: Teacher

Unionism in New York, 1900-1995,sponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

of New York University and the New York Labor History Association, New York, NY

May 20, 1995).


What Is American?: The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Controversy and the Struggle for

American Culture (presented at Annual Meeting of the Organization of American

Historians, Anaheim, CA, April 16, 1993).


We Speak Different Languages: The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Controversy and the

Fall of New York City's Liberal Consensus (presented at Annual Meeting of the

American Historical Association, Washington, DC, December 30, 1992).


The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Controversy: Labor, Liberalism, and the Civil Rights

Revolution (presented at the North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State

University, Detroit, MI, October 16, 1992).


Race, Class, and the Progressive Union in the 1960s: The United Federation of Teachers and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Controversy(presented at Reworking American Labor History: Race, Gender, and Class, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, April 10, 1992).


The Silent Majority Speaks: Dragnet 1968 and Televisions Cultural Backlash

(presented at Annual Conference of the North East Popular Culture Association,

St. Michaels College, Colchester, VT, October 12, 1991).





Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by Society of American Historians, 1998.


New York State Historical Association Manuscript Prize, Honorable Mention, 1998.





Lawrence University Faculty Research Grant, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005.


Mellon Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Princeton University, 1993-1994.


Temple University Center for American Jewish History Research Fellowship, 1991.


Mellon Foundation/Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni Fellowship, 1991.


City University of New York Graduate Center, Center for the Study of Philanthropy,

            Research Fellowship, 1991.


Philip A. Rollins Prize, Princeton University Department of History, 1990-1993.





Republic to Nation: The United States, 1789-1896


Nation in a Modern World: The United States, 1896-Present


The American Civil War


Race Relations in America, 1865-Present


The 1920s, the Great Depression, and the New Deal


Reconsidering the 1960s


American Experiences: An Introduction to American Studies


The Practice of History (research seminar)


Progressive America


The United States and World Affairs






Historical Consultant, Outagamie Historical Society, Appleton, WI, The Times They

            Are A-Changin' (Museum exhibit on 1960s, opened June 2006).

Organizer, New Approaches to the Civil War: An Interdisciplinary Symposium,

            Lawrence University, April 16, 2005.


Organizer, Colloquium on Beyond the Battlefield: Teaching the Civil War Across the

            Disciplines, sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Lawrence

            University, April 15, 2005.

Project Evaluator, Northeast Wisconsin Teaching American History Program, University

            of Wisconsin-Green Bay (National Endowment for the Humanities), 2003-2005.


Lecturer, Teachers Academy for the Study of U.S. History, University of Wisconsin-

            Oshkosh (National Endowment for the Humanities), 2004, 2006 (Freedom's

            Voices: Teaching the History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement).


Historical Consultant, Civil Rights Chronicle: The African-American Struggle for

            Freedom (Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, 2003).


Historical Consultant, Outagamie Historical Society, Appleton, WI, Joseph McCarthy: A Modern Tragedy (Museum exhibit, opened January 2002).


Historical  Consultant, Brownsville Black and White (Documentary film, released

            November 2000).


Commenter, Brownsville Black and White, San Diego (February 2002) and Brooklyn

            (April 2002) Jewish Film Festivals.


 Historical Consultant, New York in Black and White: The Sixties, Civil Rights, and the

            Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis (Radio documentary, WNYC-New York,

            broadcast January 2000).


Review Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, Faculty Research

Awards for Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, 2001-2002.


Historical Consultant, America's Story from America's Library (American history

             website produced by Library of Congress, 2000).


Pre-Law Adviser, Lawrence University, 1999-2003.


Faculty Adviser, Lawrence University Multicultural Affairs Committee, 1998-Present.


Instructor, Bjorklunden Seminars, Lawrence University, 2000-2003 (The Sixties: Great

            Books; The Sixties: Great Films; The American Civil War: What Might Have

            Been; Lincoln: Man, Myth, Icon; The Best and Worst of America's



Instructor, Lawrence University Summer Institute for Secondary School Teachers of

            Advanced Placement United States History Courses, 1999-2000.


Head of Assistants in Instruction, Princeton University Department of History, 1997-



Instructor, Princeton University Summer Scholars Institute for Incoming Students, 1997.





Phi Beta Kappa


American Historical Association


Organization of American Historians


Urban History Association


American Association of University Professors (President, Lawrence University chapter,





James M. McPherson, Department of History, Princeton University.


Alan Brinkley, Office of the Provost, Columbia University.


Daniel T. Rodgers, Department of History, Princeton University.


Gary Gerstle, Department of History, Vanderbilt University.