Associate Director, St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies
- Chicago Phone: 312-322-7138
- Chicago Room: AUD 839
Biography: Erik S. Gellman earned his B.A. from Bates College and Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University. Specializing in the 19th and 20th Century United States, Gellman’s research interests include African American and working-class history, social movements, and comparative ethnic and racial studies. His special interest in Chicago’s history has led to his work on the staff of the Encyclopedia of Chicago, The Labor Trail map project, and the Black Chicago Renaissance NEH summer institute.
His recent publications include:
Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights, University of North Carolina Press, John Hope Franklin series, 2012.
The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor’s Southern Prophets in New Deal America, coauthor Jarod Roll, University of Illinois Press, July, 2011.
(winner of the Southern Historical Association’s H.L. Mitchell Prize)
“’The Stone Wall Behind’: Chicago’s Coalition for United Community Action and Labor’s Overseers, 1968-1973,” in Trevor Griffey and David Goldberg, editors, Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action, and the Construction Industry (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010): 112-133.
“Chicago’s Native Son: Charles White and the Laboring of the Black Renaissance,” in Darlene Clark Hine and John McCluskey Jr., editors, The Black Chicago Renaissance (University of Illinois Press, 2012): chapter 9.
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