Sara Rene Smith
|Department||History Department, |
Feminist Studies Department
|Phone||831-459-5267 (Grad Lab)|
|Office||Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg, rm 150 (Grad Lab)|
|Campus Mail Stop||History Department|
Biography, Education and TrainingI am Ph.D. Candidate in twentieth-century U.S. history, with a minor field in Latin American history.
My dissertation examines historical efforts within the labor movement to challenge discrimination and promote broad social change by centering on the history of organizing by rank-and-file teachers in California between World War II and the present. I explore a series of case studies that represent the ways in which teachers have organized inside and outside of their unions to challenge racism, sexism, and homophobia and to promote democratic unionism and social change. Each chapter demonstrates the role that rank-and-file teachers played in challenging the larger, relatively conservative labor movement to prioritize struggles for economic and social justice. Democratic unionism was key to each case study. Because union members were able to self-organize and participate in decision-making they were able to mobilize to effect social change.
Selected PublicationsBook Review, My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Community, and Labor History, by Allan Bérubé, edited by John D’Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman (Chapel Hill: University of South Carolina, 2011). Newsletter. Committee on LGBT History of the AHA. Vol. 26, Issue 1, Spring 2012.
Selected Presentations“Oral Histories and the Recounting of Rank-and-File Labor History: Faculty and the Third World Student Strike at San Francisco State College, 1968-1969,” Oral History Association Conference, Denver, Colorado ~ October 12-16, 2011
“On Strike, Shut it Down!”: Faculty and the Third World Student Strike at San Francisco State College, 1968-1969,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland ~ October 20-23, 2011
“Gay and Lesbian Teachers and the Struggle Against the Briggs Initiative, 1976-1978,” Conference: How Class Works, State University of New York, Stony Brook ~ June, 2010
“We Are Teachers, Not INS Agents’: Los Angeles Teachers’ Organizing Against Proposition 187,” Southwest Labor Studies Association Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz ~ May, 2010
“Rank-and-File Teachers’ Organizing Against the Briggs Initiative,” North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit ~ October, 2009