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Daniel Opler
Daniel Opler Associate Professor of History
Supervisor, History Minor

Ph.D., New York University
B.A., Columbia University

Areas of Interest
  • History of class
  • Radicalism
  • Gender
  • Consumption
  • Women in America

  • HIST 214: Shaping of the Modern World
  • HIST 309: U.S.: Colonies to the Civil War
  • HIST 310: U.S.: Civil War to the Present
  • HIST 341: Reconstruction to the Progressive Era
  • HIST 346: America from the Roaring Twenties to World War II
  • HIST 450: U.S.: History of New York City
  • HIST 455: Women in American History
  • INTG 333: Contemporary History Through Film
  • INTG393 TOPICS:American Culture of the 30'S&40'S
Recent Publications
For All White-Collar Workers: The Possibilities of Radicalism in New York City's Department Store Unions, 1934-53 (Ohio State University Press, 2007)

“Monkey Business in Union Square: A Cultural Analysis of the Klein’s-Ohrbach’s Strikes of 1934-5,” Journal of Social History (Fall 2002)

“On The Popular Front: New York City’s Department Store Union Culture, 1937-1941,” Mickle Street Review: An Electronic Journal of Whitman and American Studies (November 2004)

“Between the ‘Other’ Classes: The Nanny and the Ideological Creation of the American Middle Class,” Cercles 8 (2003): 68-77, at

Selected Book Reviews

“Race, Class and Teachers’ Unions,” review of Jerald E. Podair, The Strike That Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis, and Steve Golin, Hopes on the Line: The Newark Teachers Strikes, in Radical Teacher 71 (2004): 4-7

Davis Joyce, Howard Zinn: A Radical American Vision, in Cercles (July 2004)
Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner, Blacklisted: The Film Lover’s Guide to the Hollywood Blacklist, in Cercles (January 2004)

Judith Nies, Nine Women: Portraits from the American Radical Tradition, in Cercles (February 2004)

Jedediah Purdy, Being America: Liberty, Violence, and Commerce in an American World, in Cercles (October 2003)

Peter Stoneley, Consumerism and American Girls’ Literature, 1860-1940, in Cercles (May 2003)

Selected Conference Presentations

“Counter Revolution: Anti-Communism, Labor, and the Rise of Self-Service in New York City, 1948-1953,” “The Self-Service Revolution in Retailing” Panel, Business History Conference Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, June 2006.

“Creating A Cultural Front: Labor and Radical Cultures in New York City’s Department Store Unions, 1934-41,” “Culture, Activism, and Power: Social Reform and Strategies for Change” Panel, American Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2004.

Comment, “Exclusions and Inclusions: Constructing/Confronting Cultural Violence in the Plantation Fiction of Postbellum America” Panel, American Studies Association Annual Conference, Hartford, CT, October 2003.

“Communism and Consumption in Union Square, 1930-35,” “Site of Memory and Contestation: New York City’s Union Square and American Social Movements in the Twentieth Century” Panel, History Matters Conference, New York, NY, May 2003.

 “Putting The Ax Into Working-Class Literature: Satire, Class, and Donald E. Westlake’s The Ax,” “Contemporary Working-Class Literature” Panel, American Literature Association Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA, May 2003.

“ ‘Barbara Hutton, She Gets Mutton!  Woolworth Workers, They Get Nothing!’: The Gendered Narratives of the 1937 New York City Five-and-Dime Sit-Down Strikes,” “New Voices in Labor History” panel,  North American Labor History Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, October 2002.

Recommended Links
Organization of American Historians
Columbia Journal of American Studies
History News Network
H-NET: Humanities and Social Sciences Online
Labor and Working Class History Association