Andrew Kersten -- Bio and Contact Information
Bio: Andrew Kersten has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay since 1997, when he graduated with his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Cincinnati.
Kersten is a U.S. labor historian interested in the relationships between average workers and the federal government. In all his courses, he emphasizes themes such as daily life and labor, immigration, politics, and economic change. In all his courses, he also rigorously teaches historical methods and skills.
His research and writing have centered on the experiences of workers in the 20th Century. Kersten's first book, Race, Jobs, and the War (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000) was an investigation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fair Employment Practice Committee (FEPC). His two newest books are: Labor’s Home Front: The American Federation of Labor and World War II (New York: New York University Press, 2006); and A. Philip Randolph: A Life in the Vanguard (Landham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). The first explores the neglected history of the AFL during the 1940s, and the second is a short biography with documents intended for college classrooms. Currently Kersten is writing a biography of the famous American lawyer, Clarence S. Darrow.