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Charles Romney


Charles W. Romney, an Assistant Professor of History at UALR, studied as an undergraduate at Pomona College and as a graduate student at UCLA. After graduate school he worked for several public history organizations and companies in California, Massachusetts, and New York. Before arriving in Arkansas, Romney taught at Whittier College in California. At UALR, Romney coordinates the History Department’s M.A. degree in public history. He also teaches digital history, political history, and legal history. With Jess Porter, he is the co-curator of a traveling exhibit on the Dust Bowl funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book on the state and the defeat of progressive unions in the 1930s and 1940s will be published by Oxford University Press.

Recent Grants, Presentations, and Publications:

Rights Delayed: The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions, 1935-1950 (forthcoming in 2016, Oxford University Press)

“New City Guides and Anachronic Public History,” The Public Historian 37, no. 3 (August 2015), 29-44

“The Seattle Teamsters and the Procedural State, 1935-1942,” Labor History 56, no. 1 (February 2015), 22-39

“Habeas Corpus, Asian Migrants, and Imperial Legal Rights in Hawai’i in 1900,” World History Connected 8, no. 3 (October 2011)

Co-Curator (with Jess Porter), Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry: A Traveling Exhibit and Public Program for Libraries about the Dust Bowl, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with Oklahoma State University, Mount Holyoke College, and the American Library Association ($263,000, 2013-2016)

“The Problem of Time in Digital and Print Representations of Cities,” delivered at the “Public History in a Digital World” conference, International Federation for Public History, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 2014

Primary Investigator, grant from the National Archives Trust Fund for Graduate Assistant positions at the Clinton Presidential Library ($58,050, 2011-2016)

Accepted Participant, Summer Institute in Digital Textual Studies, National Humanities Center, 2015-2016

Updated 8.3.2015