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Jane Berger

Jane Berger

Dr. Jane Berger

Associate Professor of History and Department Chair

Office: Comenius Hall 308
Phone: 610-861-1402


Ph.D.,The Ohio State University

Teaching: I teach courses in modern U.S. history.  Topics of my courses include politics and protest, race and citizenship, women’s history, and recent U.S. history.

Current Research: I am currently working on a book on the historical causes of late twentieth century urban poverty in the United States.

Selected Publications


A New Working Class. The Legacies of Public-Sector Employment in the Civil Rights Movement. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021

Articles and Chapters:

  • “'A Lot Closer To What It Ought To Be:' Black Women and Public Sector Employment in Baltimore, 1950-1970,” in Robert Zieger, ed., Life and Labor in the New New South (Gainesville, University of Florida Press, 2012).
  • "'There is tragedy on both sides of the layoffs:' Public Sector Privatization and the Urban Crisis in Baltimore,"International Labor and Working-Class History (Spring 2007) 29-49.
  • “Uncommon Schools: Institutionalizing Deafness in Early Nineteenth-Century America,” in Shelley Tremain, ed., Foucault and the Government of Disability (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005).

Book Reviews:

  • Francis Ryan, AFSCME'S Philadelphia Story: Municipal Workers and Urban Power in the Twentieth Century, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 65, No.1 (2012).
  • James T. Fisher, On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, The Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York, Industrial and Labor Relations Review (July 2010) 569-570.
  • Mary Patrice Erdmans, The Grasinski Girls: The Choices They Had and the Choices They Made, Michigan Historical Review (Fall 2005) 163-164.
  • Paul K. Longmore and Lauri Umansky, eds., The New Disability History: American Perspectives, The Historian (Winter, 2003), 459-460.