William P Jones

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1118 Heller Hall
271 19th Ave S


I am historian of the 20th century United States, with particular interests in the relationships between race and class. I have published books on African American industrial workers in the Jim Crow South and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, and am currently writing on the history of race and inequality in public employment. Before coming to the University of Minnesota in 2016, I taught at the University of Wisconsin and Rutgers University.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science: Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1993.
  • Ph.D. & M.A.: History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2000 & 1996.

Curriculum Vitae


  • African Americans
  • 20th-century United States
  • Unions/Organized Labor
  • Civil Rights Movement
Courses Taught
  • History 3852: Work and Workers in the 20th Century United States
  • History 8910: Race and Class in the United States
  • The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. Jones, William, W.W. Norton & Co., Author, 2013. LinkImage
  • The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South . Jones, William, University of Illinois Press, Author, 2005. LinkImage
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2015 - 2019
  • Best Book in Labor Education, United Assocation for Labor Education, 2012 - 2013
  • Best Article Award, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 2010 - 2011
  • Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, ACLS, 2007 - 2008
  • NEH Postdoctoral Fellow, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture , 2005 - 2006