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Thomas Alter

Dr. Thomas AlterOffice: TMH 04
Phone: 512.245.2142

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background:
Ph.D. - University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. - Texas State University
B.A. Indiana University

Thomas Alter is a historian of the United States who specializes in transnational approaches to race, labor, capitalism, and populism.

Currently he is working on a book project, Dirt Farmer Internationalists: The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in the U.S., 1848-1932. This work uses three generations of a German-Texan family to explore the evolution and continuity of agrarian radicalism in the U.S. and transnational influences on this tradition, in particular the 1848 German Revolution, the Mexican Revolution, Irish republicanism, and the Bolshevik Revolution.


“From the Copper-Colored Sons of Montezuma to Comrade Pancho Villa: The Radicalizing Effect of Mexican Revolutionaries on the Texas Socialist Party, 1910-1917,” LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Winter 2015), 83-109.

“‘It Felt Like Community’: Social Movement Unionism and the Chicago Teachers Union Strike of 2012,” LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Fall 2013), 11-25.

“Occupy and Labor: What Role for Historians?,” Labor and Working-Class History Association Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2012. 

He also has book reviews published in Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and the Western Historical Quarterly.