Clinical Assistant Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 515
B.A. History, Yale University, 2002
M.A. History, Duke University, 2006
Ph.D. History, Duke University, 2010
Jacob Remes is a historian of modern North America with a focus on urban disasters, working-class organizations, and migration. His book, Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era (University of Illinois Press, 2016) examines the overlapping responses of individuals, families, civil society, and the state to the Salem, Massachusetts Fire of 1914 and the Halifax, Nova Scotia Explosion of 1917. He has also written scholarly articles on a variety of other subjects ranging from interwar Social Catholicism to Indigenous land rights to transnational printers in the 19th century. He is at work on a new book about food, urban agriculture, and how urban migrants lost their productive relationship with nature. His popular writing on subjects relating to his research has appeared in the Nation, Atlantic, Salon, and elsewhere. Before coming to Gallatin, Remes taught at Harvard, Columbia, Duke, and Meiji Universities, and was an assistant professor at SUNY Empire State College. Winner of the Gutman and Forsey Prizes in labor and working-class history, Remes is past executive secretary of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow at Harvard, a Josephine de Karman Fellow, and an American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew W. Mellon Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellow.
modern North American history; labor and working-class history; migration; disasters; food and urban agriculture; Canadian studies; urban studies
Jacob Remes wrote "How Humans Make Disasters Worse" for the August 31, 2017 issue of Time.
For the fall 2018 issue of the African American Review, Remes wrote “What We Talk About When We Talk About Africville”.
For the February 2018 issue of The American Historian, Remes wrote “International Expertise and Its Discontents: What Disaster History Can Show about the Progressive Era".
On October 4, 2017, Pacific Standard Magazine interviewed Remes for "'There Are No Natural Disasters': A Conversation With Jacob Remes."
Remes is quoted in the September 27, 2017 CBCNews article "'This doesn't feel like a first-class response': Puerto Ricans slam Trump's claim of 'amazing' aid after Maria."
Remes is quoted in the August 31, 2017 Mic article "Stranded by Hurricane Harvey, these Houstonians hope relief efforts are equal across race and class."
Remes is quoted in the December 9, 2016, article "Clouds Loom, But Trudeau Still Enjoying ‘Sunny Ways’ in Canada," in America magazine, speaking about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first year in office.