Charles W. Romney

Faculty Excellence College-level Winners, Charles Romney photographed on March 2, 2017.Charles W. Romney, Associate Professor of History, received his doctorate in history from UCLA. From 2010 to 2018, he coordinated the History Department’s M.A. degree in public history. He still contributes to the graduate program, and teaches classes on digital history, world history, and the history of the United States. He is the author of Rights Delayed: The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions, 1935-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2016). His current research uses archival materials and computational analysis to investigate debates over law and the state in Hawaiʻi between 1850 and 1920.

Recent Grants, Presentations, and Publications:

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

“Consistency and Change in the Vocabulary of Fundamental Rights in Hawaiian Law, 1847-1902,” American Nineteenth Century History 20, no. 2 (2019): 141-160.

“Using Vector Space Models to Understand the Circulation of Habeas Corpus in Hawaiʻi, 1852-1892,” Law and History Review 34, no. 4 (November 2016): 999-1016

“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

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 ($293,000, 2013-2016)

Principal Investigator, grant from the National Archives Trust Fund for Graduate Assistant positions at the Clinton Presidential Library ($109,650, 2011-2020)

Accepted Participant, History as a Data Science Workshop, Columbia University, January 2020

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

“Local Organizing and National Coordination in UCAPAWA, 1935-1950.” 43rd Porter Fortune Symposium: “Organizing Agribusiness from Farm to Factory: Toward a New History of America’s Most Ambitious Labor Union.” March 2018, University of Mississippi

“Insular Cases and Contested Citizenship in Hawaiʻi, 1880-1920: An Analysis with Vector Space Models.” The Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 2017, Denver

“A Computational Cambridge School: Identifying Conceptual Change and Legal Languages with Vector Space Models.” The Conceptual Change in History conference, September 2016, University of Helsinki, Finland

“Using Vector Space Models to Understand Conceptual Change.” Pre-circulated paper, Summer Institute in Digital Textual Studies, June 2016, National Humanities Center, North Carolina

“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, October 2014, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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