Mercyhurst University

John Olszowka, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Associate Professor

Preston 107

814-824-3027

“Dr. O” is currently working on a research project examining the strike between UAW Local 501 and the Bell Aircraft Corporation in Niagara Falls, NY in 1949. His teaching and research interests include America from 1850-1950, social and labor history, race and ethnicity, the Progressive Era, and the Great Depression.

 

Education

Ph.D., History, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2000

M.A., History, State University of New York College at Buffalo, 1992

B.A., History, University at Buffalo, 1988

 

Courses

United States History I and II
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
American Life in the 1930’s
History of Sports in America 
America Since 1945

 

Selected Publications

 

America in the Thirties. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014.

 

 “The Niagara Frontier Defense League’s Patriotic War on Labor: The Case of Curtiss Aeroplane, 1917-    1918,” Labor History Vol. 53, No. 4 (November 2012): 451-469.

 

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

 

Review of Jenifer Van Vleck, Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendency. Harvard University Press, 2013 for The Journal of American History 101, No. 4 (March 2015): 1317-1318.

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 56, No. 1 (February 2015): 114-116.