Tami Friedman

Associate Professor

Office: GLA 225
905 688 5550 x3709

Tami J. Friedman (B.A., Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia) teaches 20th-century U.S. history at Brock, including the post-1865 U.S. history survey and courses on U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, the 1960s, women in North America, and class and capitalism in the United States. She also teaches a graduate course on women and work in U.S. history.

Her research interests, which include labor, race/ethnicity, and gender, center on the history of economic change. Her current work focuses on industrial migration within the United States after World War II, emphasizing the social consequences of economic restructuring and the role of public policy in facilitating capital flight. Her book manuscript, tentatively entitledCommunities in Competition: Capital Migration and Plant Relocation in the U.S. Carpet Industry, 1929-1975 , is under contract with The University of Pennsylvania Press.

Her article, “Exploiting the North-South Differential: Corporate Power, Southern Politics, and the Decline of Organized Labor after World War II,” appeared in the Journal of American History (September 2008) and won the 2009 Binkley-Stephenson Award from the Organization of American Historians for the best scholarly article published in the JAH in 2008. Her book chapter, “ ‘A Trail of Ghost Towns Across Our Land’: The Decline of Manufacturing in Yonkers, New York,” appears in Jefferson Cowie and Joseph Heathcott, eds.,Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization (Cornell, 2003). Her book reviews have appeared in Business History Review, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas , and Labour/Le Travail , and she has contributed entries to The Encyclopedia of New York State (Syracuse, 2005) and The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (Macmillan, 1995). She also has served as a peer reviewer for The Alabama Review: A Quarterly Journal of Alabama History and Labor Studies Journal.

Research interests

20th-century U.S. history; social history of economic change; gender, race, and ethnicity.