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Jeff Johnson


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Director, American Studies Program

Contact Information:
Ruane Center for the Humanities 117


Ph.D. - Washington State University

Brief Biography:

Jeff Johnson specializes in radical labor, politics, and reform in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century American West. His books include "They Are All Red Out Here: Socialist Politics in the Pacific Northwest, 1895-1925" (University of Oklahoma: 2008), "Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era" (ABC-Clio: 2017), and "The 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing: Anarchists and Terrorism in Progressive Era America" (Routledge: 2018).

Awards and Honors:

James & Sylvia Thayer Fellowship - UCLA
NEH Visiting Fellow - Harvard University
Humanities Grant - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
James R. Bradley Fellowship - The Montana Historical Society
Pettyjohn Fellow - Washington State University

Selected Publications:

Johnson, Jeffrey., Pederson, Nathan . (2015). “Comrade Johns: Oregon’s Socialist Candidate for President in the 1920s”. Oregon Historical Quarterly116 (4)

Johnson, Jeffrey. (2013). “Why is There No Socialism in the U.S.? – 100 Years Later,”. ABC-CLIO.

Johnson, Jeffrey. (2012). “'One of the Most Charming of Men': The Paradox of Copper King Attorney William Scallon”. Journal of the West,

Johnson, Jeffrey. (2010). “Raising the Red Flag: Culture, Labor, and the Left, 1880-1920,” . University Press of Kentucky.

Johnson, Jeffrey. (2008). "They Are All Red Out Here: Socialist Politics in the Pacific Northwest, 1895-1925". The University of Oklahoma Press.

Johnson, Jeffrey. (2008). “The Politics of Socialism: Building a Socialist Party in the Northwest, 1901-1905”. Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History,

Johnson, Jeffrey. (2006). “The Gilded Age & the Frontier Military: Society and Culture at Fort Assinniboine, Montana Territory, 1879 - 1905”. Journal of the West,

Recent Presentations:

Johnson, Jeffrey., Organization of American Historians, OAH, St. Louis, MO, "“This Dastardly Act’: San Francisco’s 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing"".

Johnson, Jeffrey., Australian-US Comparative and Transnational Labour History, Sydney, Australia, "Paper: Workers Against Warfare: the Australian and American Experiences Before and During World War I". January, 2015.

Johnson, Jeffrey., American Studies Association, Los Angeles, California, "“‘Aliens, Enemy Aliens, and Minors’: Anti-Radicalism and the Jewish Left during the World War I Era.”". November, 2014.

Johnson, Jeffrey., American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch, Portland, OR, "“Making ‘Em Real Mad: Alexander Berkman, The Blast, and San Francisco Anarchism.” ". August, 2014.

Johnson, Jeffrey., Historians of the Twentieth Century United States, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, "‘“Road to a Frame Up?’: San Francisco’s 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing,”". July, 2013.

Johnson, Jeffrey., North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, MI, "Free From Every Thrall: Commemorating Labor Day". October, 2012.

Johnson, Jeffrey., Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, TX, "Paper: More Than Wearing White: Working Class Commemoration and Modern American Culture". April, 2011.

Johnson, Jeffrey., British Association for American Studies, British Association for American Studies, Norwich, United Kingdom, "Paper: How Many Socialist Are Among Us? Revisiting Blacks and the Socialist Party". April, 2010.