Theresa Case explores working-class history, with a special emphasis on social and cultural history. Her book, The Great Southwest Strike and Free Labor
(2010) reconstructed a major railway strike of the Gilded Age. This
strike helped to build and then undermine the first mass organization of
industrial workers in US history. Her work on this topic delved into
the working lives of "railroadmen," the racial hierarchies and alliances
involved in strike organizing, and the context for and debates around
industrial violence. Her new area of interest is the history of race and
labor in the early twentieth-century South, with much of her research
centering on black working-class protest in WWI-era and postwar Texas.
Theresa A. Case, "The Radical Potential of the Knights' Biracialism: The 1885-1886 Gould System Strikes and Their Aftermath," REPRINT in James C. Maroney and Bruce A. Glasrud, eds., Texas Labor History (Texas A&M University Press, 2013)
Theresa A. Case, The Great Southwest Railroad Strike and Free Labor (Texas A&M University Press: College Station, TX, 2010).
A. Case, "Losing the Middle Ground: Strikebreakers and Labor Protest on
the Southwestern Railroads," in Daniel J. Walkowitz and Donna T.
Haverty-Stacke, eds., Continuum Companion to United States Labor History (October 2010).
Theresa A. Case, "Blaming Martin Irons: Leadership and Popular Protest in the 1886 Southwest Strike," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (Vol. 8, no. 1, Jan. 2009).
Recognitions and Awards
2015-2016 UHD University Faculty Leave
2012 UHD Faculty Development Grant
2010-2011 UHD Organized Research Grant
2008 UHD Quality Enhancement Plan Curriculum Development Grant
2007-2008 UHD University Faculty Leave