John Olszowka

John Olszomka Education

Ph.D., history, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2000
M.A., history, State University of New York College at Buffalo, 1992
B.A., history, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988

Teaching and Research interests

America, 1850-1950
Social and labor history
Race and ethnicity
The Great Depression
Colonial/early America
Oral history and quantitative analysis

Courses Taught

United States History I, II, and III
The Civil Rights Movement
African Americans in Films
 Labor and Working Class America
Making Modern America, 1877-1920
Civil War & Reconstruction
America & the Great Depression
Immigrant America
Historical Methods
American Life in the 1930's


“The Niagara Frontier Defense League’s Patriotic War on Labor: The Case of Curtiss Aeroplane, 1917-1918,” Labor History 53 No. 4

Review of Jon Huibrigtse, American Railroad Labor and the Genesis of the New Deal, 1919-1935.
Gainsville: University Press of Florida, 2010 for Labor History (forthcoming).

Review of Liesl Miller Orenic, On the Ground: Labor Struggle in the American Airlines Industry.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009, in Labor: Studies in Working-Class Histories of the Americas 7, No. 3 (Fall 2010): 121-124.

“The UAW & the Struggle to Organize the Aircraft Industry,” 1937-1942.” Labor History 49, No. 3 (August 2008): 297-317.

Review of Kathleen M. Barry, Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2007, in Women and Social Movements 11, No. 4 (December 2007).

Review of Lazar Odzak, "Demetrios is Now Jimmy": Greek Immigrants in the Southern United States, 1895-1965 in Durham. Monography Publishers, 2006, in North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 84, No. 1 (January, 2007): 115-117.

"Aircraft Construction," Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History. New York: Routledge Press, (October 2006).

Review of "Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company: A Virtual Museum of Pioneer Aviation," in Public History Resource Center Volume 8 (January 2004).

Review of Eric Arnesen, et al., eds. Labor Histories: Class, Politics, and the Working Class Experience. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998, in Left History Vol. 7, No. 2 (Fall 2000): 124-128

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