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Camille Guérin-Gonzales Guerin-Gonzales
Professor of History

Email: cgueringonza@wisc.edu
Phone: (608)263-1823
Office: 4119 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4018 Mosse Humanities

Curriculum Vitae: View PDF

Office Hours: On Leave

Education: PhD: Univ. of California, Riverside; MA: Univ. of California, Riverside; BA: Univ. of California, Riverside

Bio Sketch:

Trained as a historian of U.S. labor and immigration, I now place these fields in comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary perspectives.  I teach graduate and undergraduate history classes in comparative working-class cultures and comparative race and nationalisms.  Having published a first book, Mexican Workers and American Dreams:  Immigration, Repatriation, and California Farm Labor, 1900-1939, that examined ethnic Mexican farmworkers in both U.S. and transnational contexts, I am now completing a binational study of the culture of coal mining communities that engages recent literature on space and place, race and identity.  This project examines coal fields in three disparate regions: northern New Mexico & southern Colorado in the U.S. West; Appalachia in the U.S. South; and South Wales in the U.K.  A manita from northern New Mexico, my scholarship and teaching are dedicated an understanding of the politics of difference in all its complexity, and to the pursuit of social justice that flows out of that understanding.

Research Interests:

Transnational and Comparative Working-Class History; Comparative Race & Nationalisms; Latin@ Studies in Comparative Perspective; Twentieth-Century U.S. History.

Selected Publications:

  • Mapping Working-Class Struggle in Appalachia, South Wales, and the American Southwest, 1890-1947.  Under contract with University of Illinois Press.
  • Mexican Workers and American Dreams:  Immigration, Repatriation, and California Farm Labor, 1900-1939.  New Brunswick, N.J.:  Rutgers University Press, 1994.
  • The Politics of Immigrant Workers:  Essays on Labor Activism and Migration in the World Economy since1830.  Co-edited with Carl Strikwerda. New York:  Holmes and Meier Publishers, 1993.  Rev. ed., 1998.
  • “From Ludlow to Camp Solidarity:  Women, Men, and Cultures of Solidarity in U.S. Coal Communities, 1912-1990,” in Mining Women:  Gender, Labor, Capital and Community in Global Perspective, ed. Jaclyn Gier Viskovatoff and Laurie Mercier.  New York:  Palgrave, 2006.
  • “Conversing Across Boundaries of Race, Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and Region: Latino and Latina Labor History,” in The African American Urban Experience:  Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present, ed. Joe William Trotter, Jr., Earl Lewis, and Tera HunterNew York:  Palgrave, 2004.  Earlier version published in Labor History 35, no. 4 (Fall 1994).


  • Institute for Research in the Humanities, Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 2010-11.
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Award, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008-09.
  • Provost’s Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • Archibald Hanna, Jr., Fellowship in American History, Beinecke Library, Yale University
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minorities, History Department, Yale University, David Montgomery, Mentor
  • University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Davis, David Brody, Mentor
  • Fulbright Fellowship

Courses Taught:

Lecture Courses:

  • History 245 - Chicana & Latina History, 1900‐Present - Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 408 - American Labor History, 1900-Present - Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 471 - Contemporary Societies:  Imperialism and National Liberation from the Cold War to the Present

Undergraduate Seminars:

  • History 600 - "U.S. Working-Class History" - Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
  • History 600/CLS 516 - "Transnational & Comparative Working-Class Cultures"
  • History 600/CLS 519 - "Working-Class Cultures: Comparative And Theoretical Perspectives" - Syllabus 2007 (pdf)

Graduate Courses:

  • History 901 - Studies in American History - Topics:  U.S. Social Movements in the Twentieth Century: Labor & Working - Class Coalitions Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 901 - Studies in American History - U.S. Social Movements in the Twentieth Century: Mapping 1960s Struggles for Social Justice Syllabus 2009 (pdf)
  • History 943 - Race & Nationalisms: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives Syllabus 2009 (pdf)
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