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Theresa Case

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Theresa Case

Associate Professor of History

Office: N1007
713-221-8958
caset@uhd.edu

Theresa Case has taught at UHD since 2002, after completing her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and an editorial internship with the Texas State Historical Association. She has served as coordinator of the history program since 2014. While at UHD, Dr. Case has contributed to the organization of the UHD Gender Conference and the development of the University seminar courses and introductory history courses. Her research area is late nineteenth-century and early-twentieth century US, especially social and cultural history. 

Doctorate degree: History (University of Texas at Austin)

  • ​United States History
  • United States Women's History
  • United States Working-class and Labor History
  • Historical Methods
  • New South

Summary of Qualifications:

Dr. Case earned her PhD in United States History at the University of Texas at Austin.  She has taught at University of Houston-Downtown for over twelve years. Her research explores working-class history, especially race and gender but also social and cultural history more broadly. Her dissertation, “Free Labor on the Southwestern Railroads: The 1885-1886 Gould System Strikes,” revisited the history of a pair of massive strikes on the southwestern system of railroad, which laced across states such as Texas and Arkansas. She connected these labor protests and conflicts to the history and nature of railroad work, the relationship of railroad workers to one another across lines of race and skill, and the relationships between railroad workers and their local communities. She transformed the dissertation into a book, which was published in 2010, and authored several journal articles on topics and questions that her work on the book generated. More recently, Dr. Case has presented her research on black railroaders’ grassroots labor protest during and after WWI. In her instruction of Age of Industrial Violence, Historical Methods, and The History of the New South, Case draws on her expertise in the field of Gilded Age and Progressive Era/WWI working class history.

 Academic Scholarship/Research/Creative Endeavors:

Theresa A. Case, The Great Southwest Railroad Strike and Free Labor (Texas A&M University Press: College Station, TX, 2010).

Theresa 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 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.

PUBLICATIONS

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).

 

Theresa 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

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