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.
Teaching and Research Interests
modern North American history; labor and working-class history; migration; disasters; food and urban agriculture; Canadian studies; urban studies
B.A. History, Yale University, 2002 M.A. History, Duke University, 2006 Ph.D. History, Duke University, 2010
Professor Jacob 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