Communications Officer
November, 2018


Tula Connell is an historian of the United States focusing on 20th century labor and social movements.

An independent scholar, Connell has worked in labor communications for more than 25 years and currently is Senior Communications Officer at the Solidarity Center, an international labor rights organization. Her book, Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee, was published in April 2016 by the University of Illinois Press. Conservative Counterrevolution is a volume in the series, “The Working Class in American History” edited by Nelson Lichtenstein et al.

Connell received her Ph.D. in American History from Georgetown University in 2011, and holds an M.A. in European History from Yale University and a B.A. in Journalism from Marquette University.

Current research areas: 

Intersections of race and class in postwar United States.

Recent scholarly activity: 

Conference Presentations
"Race, Class and a City Divided in Postwar Milwaukee," Connecting the Dots: Race, Labor, Community and Education, United Association for Labor Education conference, April 13, 2016.  
"‘The Virtue of Selfishness’: The Conservative Challenge to Unions and Economic Equality in 1950s Milwaukee,” Fighting Inequality: Class, Race, Power, Labor and Working Class History Association conference, May 29, 2015.
“Cities: In the Public Interest?” Cities in History: Urban Identities Reconsidered, Fordham University, Sept. 17, 2011.  

Recent publications: 

Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee, University of Illinois Press, April 2016.
“John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President,” Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor andEconomic History, 2011

Forthcoming research: 

 “Socialism,” Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, forthcoming.

Other activities: 

Sample popular online publications among dozens of pieces published:
"The Far-Right's 50-Year Project to 'Make America Great Again,'" History News Network, July 17, 2016
"Eyes off the Prize: LIberals in the Postwar Era," Labor and Working Class Studies, February 8, 2016
One Man’s Evolution to Understanding Gender Inequality,” Thompson-Reuters, December 2, 2015
"I Was a Garment Worker and I Know Exploitation,” Fashion Revolution, November 2, 2015
The Triangle Fire: Still Burning Before Our Nation,” The Nation, Mar. 24, 2011. 

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