Robert R. Korstad, Professor of Public Policy and History  

Office Location: 112 Sanford Building
Office Phone: (919) 613-7335
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: rkorstad@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc0u36LVGdg

Areas of Expertise

  • History
  • Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service
  • Social Policy
    • Economic Inequality and Poverty
    • Labor and Unions
    • Race/Ethnicity

Education:
PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1987

Research Categories: Social policy and US History

Research Description: Research: Social Policy from an historical perspective; labor; poverty; civil rights

Teaching (Fall 2014):

  • Pubpol 290s.34, Selected topics Synopsis
    Crowell 106, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • Pubpol 414s.01, Research in human rights Synopsis
    See instru, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
  • History 546.01, History of poverty in u s Synopsis
    Languages 211, Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
  • Pubpol 890.03, Special topics Synopsis
    Sanford 150, Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. R.R. Korstad and James L. Leloudis. To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America.  2010. [available here]
  2. R.R. Korstad. "Civil Rights Unionism and the Black Freedom Struggle." American Communist History 8.2 (December, 2008): 255-58.
  3. R.R. Korstad. "“Could History Repeat Itself? The Prospects for a Second Reconstruction in Post-World War II South Carolina,." Toward the Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement of South Carolina during the Twentieth Century. University of South Carolina Press, 2008
  4. Timothy J. Minchin. The Color of Work: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Southern Paper Industry, 1945-1980.  Journal of Southern History 69 (February, 2003): 226-7.
  5.  Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South. The University of North Carolina Press, 2003. [available here]

Bio/Profile
Robert Korstad is the Kevin D. Gorter Professor of Public Policy and History at Duke University. He received his B.A. and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research interests include twentieth century U. S. history, labor history, African American history, and contemporary social policy, and he is the co-director of a major documentary research project at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, "Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South."

His publications include: To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America; (coauthor, University of North Carolina Press, 2010); Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South (University of North Carolina Press, 2003); Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk About Life in the Segregated South (coeditor, The New Press, 2001); Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (coauthor, University of North Carolina Press, revised edition, 2000).

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Robert R. Korstad