Professor of History
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where you can travel around the world without ever venturing more than a few miles from home. Brooklyn's amazing assortment of cultures sparked an interest in the study of history and ethnicity which continues to this day. I give it full expression in my senior seminar, History 96: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in American History.
Rethinking American Women's Activism (Routledge, 2014).
The War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History, 1964-1980, edited by Annelise Orleck and Lisa Gayle Hazirjian (University of Georgia Press, 2011).
Storming Caesar’s Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty (Beacon Press, 2005).
The Soviet Jewish Americans (Greenwood Press ,1999, pbk 2001).
The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right, co-edited with Alexis Jetter and Diana Taylor (UPNE, 1997).
Common Sense And A Little Fire: Women and Working Class Politics in the United States (University of North Carolina Press, 1995).
"Soviet Jews: The Continuing Russification of Jewish New York," in Nancy Foner, ed., One Out of Three (Columbia University Press, 2013).
"My Radical Vegas," Contexts (Winter 2012).
"Feminism and the Labor Movement: A Century of Collaboration and Conflict," New Labor Forum (2011).
"Rethinking the War on Poverty in a New Age of Inequality," in Thomas Sugrue and Alice O'Connor (eds.), The War on Poverty at 50.
Works in progress
"Low Wages: I'm Not Lovin' It: The Rise of a New Global Labor Movement"
"Reflections Through A Glass Closet: The Lesbian Presence in American Progressivism"