Erik S. Gellman

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History & Philosophy
Associate Professor

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 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 (and in paperback, summer 2014).

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)

And articles/chapters:

“In the Driver’s Seat: Chicago’s Bus Drivers and Labor Insurgency in the Era of Black Power,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 11 no. 3 (Fall 2014).

“’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.

See my amazon.com author page.