Michael C. Pierce

Michael C. Pierce

Assoc Professor

Modern US, Labor and Race, Arkansas

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-6760

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Michael Pierce received his A.B. from Kenyon College and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. His book,Striking with the Ballot: Ohio Labor and the Populist Party, appeared in the spring of 2010 fromNorthern Illinois University Press. Pierce‘s current project looks at race and the labor movement in postwar Arkansas, with a particular emphasis on Little Rock‘s Central High crisis. Pierce is also the co-author ofIn the Workers‘ Interest: A History of the Ohio AFL-CIO, 1958-1998 and co-editor of Builders of Ohio: A Biographical History. His essays have appeared in Labor History, Agricultural History, the Arkansas Historical Quarterly and various edited volumes. He serves as associate editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly.

Ph.D., History, Ohio State University

M.A., History, Ohio State University

A.B., Sociology, Kenyon College


“Revenge of the Elite: The City Manager System and the Collapse of Racial Moderation in Little Rock, 1955-1957,” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 78 (Summer 2019): forthcoming.

“Odell Smith, Teamsters Local 878, and Civil Rights Unionism in Little Rock, 1943-1965,” Journal of Southern History (November 2018): 925-958.

“Freda Ameringer and the Socialist Women of Huntington, Arkansas” in Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times, ed. Cherisse Jones-Branch and Gary Edwards  (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2018), 93-108.

“Orval Faubus and the Rise of Anti-Labor Populism in Northwest Arkansas” in The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, Imagination, ed. Nelson Lichtenstein and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), 98-113, 342-347.

“John McClellan, the Teamsters, and Biracial Labor Politics in Arkansas, 1947-1958” in Life and Labor in the New New South: Essays in Southern Labor History since 1950, ed. Robert H. Zieger (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012), 45-75.

“Agrarian Rebel, Industrial Workers: Tom Watson and the Prospects of a Labor-Populist Alliance” in Southern Populism Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures, ed. James Beeby (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012), 82-100.

Striking with the Ballot: Ohio Labor and the Populist Party (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010).

  • Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology Award, 2014
  • Fulbright College, Master Teacher Award, 2013
  • Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship, 2011