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Faculty - Dr. Elizabeth McKillen

Professor of Historybeth2
140 Stevens Hall

My teaching and research specialties are in the history of U.S. foreign relations and U.S. labor history. Since coming to the University of Maine, I have regularly taught the two semester sequence in the history of U.S. foreign relations (HTY 473-474), U.S. labor history ( HTY 477), and the second half of the U.S. history survey (HTY 104). I also offer graduate courses in U.S. foreign relations and labor history, and have taught the senior seminar (HTY 498), and a seminar in immigration history. My research explores the importance of international political and economic issues for workers and the role of labor unions and other labor organization in shaping, and in resisting, U.S. foreign policy.

Representative Publications:

  • Making the World Safe for Workers: Labor, the Left, and Wilsonian Internationalism (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2013).bethbook
  • “Beyond Gompers:  The American Federation of Labor, the Creation of the International Labour Organization, and U.S. Labor Dissent,” in ILO Histories: Essays on the International Labour Organization and its Impact on the World During the Twentieth Century, eds. Jasmien Van Daele, Magaly Rodríguez García, Geert Van Goethem, and Marcel van der Linden (Brussels, Peter Lang, 2010): 41-66.
  • “Integrating Labor into the Narrative of Wilsonian Internationalism,” in a special forum on “Workers, Labor, and War: New Directions in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,” Diplomatic History 34 (September 2010): 641-662.  Also introduced and coordinated the forum.
  • “Pacifist Brawn and Silk-Stocking Militarism :Labor, Gender and Antiwar Politics, 1914-1918,” Peace and Change, 33 (July 2008): 388-425.
  • Hybrid Visions: Working-Class Internationalism in the Mexican Borderlands, Seattle, and Chicago, 1910-1920,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 2:1 (Winter 2005): 77-107.
  • “Organized Labor,” in Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations, 2nd ed., Alexander DeConde, et al., eds. (New York: Scribner, 2002): 45-60.
  • “Ethnicity, Class, and Wilsonian Internationalism Reconsidered: The Mexican- and Irish-American Immigrant Left and U.S. Foreign Relations, 1914-1922,” Diplomatic History 25 (Fall 2001): 553-87.
  • Chicago Labor and the Quest for a Democratic Diplomacy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995).
  • “American Labor, the Irish Revolution, and the Campaign for a Boycott of British Goods, 1916-1924,” in Radical History Review 61 (Winter 1995), 35-61.

Current Projects

  • A study of early twentieth centurty Irish and Irish-American women labor activists and their transatlantic connections.

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