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 rachel batch, phd, associate professor, history

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Rachel A. Batch PhD

Associate Professor of History

  • PhD American Civilization 2000

    University of Pennsylvania (PA)

  • MA American Civilization 1993

    University of Pennsylvania (PA)

  • BA History and Spanish 1991

    Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

  • HIST 380 U.S. Labor & Leisure: History of the American Working Classes

  • HIST 372 Studies in American Immigration History

  • HIST 358 Recent America, 1945-present

My research interests are immigrants, workers, and working-class cultures in the 20th century U.S. It was as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University when I learned the value of social history ("history from the bottom up"), the importance of cultural identity, and became fascinated by the histories of immigrants and labor. I focused on both fields in my graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania, and my dissertation took up industrial relations in the coal mining industry, welfare capitalism, and migrations of southern and eastern European immigrants to a 'model' town in western Pennsylvania in Finding Stability in a Company Town: A Community Study of Slickville, Pennsylvania, 1916-1943

My current research focuses on Croatian Americans during the Great Depression, World War II, and the early Cold War, and just how they used transnational networks to conjure ethnic and class-based activism for economic justice at home (in the U.S.) and for political freedom abroad (in the former Yugoslavia).

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Development Award, Widener University, 2015

  • Scholar, NEH Summer Institute, Columbia University, 2014

  • Research Grant, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, 2010-2011

Selected Publications

  • Batch, Rachel A. "Klub Tito: Croatian Working-Class Ethnics Fight the People's War for Freedom at Home and Abroad." Paper delivered at the LAWCHA/Working-Class Studies Association Joint Conference Fighting Inequality: Class, Race, and Power, Georgetown University, Washington DC, May 2015.

  • Batch, Rachel A. Review, Anthracite Labor Wars Tenancy, Italians, and Organized Crime in the Northern Coalfield of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1897–1959 by Robert P. Wolensky and William A. Hastie, Sr., for Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 81, no. 4 (Autumn 2014): 540–545.

  • Batch, Rachel A. "The West Virginia Mine War (1920–21)." In Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History, 3 vols., edited by Eric Arnesen, 1498–1501. New York and London: Routledge, 2007.

Pennsylvania Historical Association (PHA), Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)