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Dr. Paul Lawrie

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Paul Lawrie Title: Associate Professor, Department of History
Email: p.lawrie@uwinnipeg.ca

Biography:

Dr. Paul Lawrie received his PH.D. in History in 2011 from the University of Toronto. From 2011-2012 he was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Innovation and Development at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Dr. Lawrie’s research interests include the cultural and social History of the United States post 1877; African American, Urban, Labour Disability histories and historical cultures of time and temporalities. His recent article “Mortality as the Life Story of a People: Frederick L. Hoffman and Actuarial Narratives of African American Extinction, 1896-1915”, Canadian Review of American Studies (Vol.43: 3 2013): 352-387 won the 2014 Ernest Redekop prize for best article in the Canadian Review of American Studies, sponsored by the Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS) His first book, Forging a Fit and Laboring Race: The African American Worker in the Progressive Imagination, (NY: NYU Press, Spring 2016) examines the nexus between industrial management and race science in early 20th century America.

His current research on the historical phenomena of CPT (‘Colored Peoples Time’) examines the temporal dynamics of race and space in urban American political economies. This research seeks to interrogate how time as both a lived experience, social agent and category of analysis shaped and informed the urban experience along racial lines from the factory floor, street corner, dance hall and beyond. Specific focus is given to temporal mediations of the public and private spheres as secular and sacred urban spaces.


Publications:

Selected Publications:

Forging a Laboring Race: The African American Worker in the Progressive Imagination (NY: New York University Press, Spring 2016)

Cripple Jim Crow”: Race, Labor and Disability in American Political Economy 1917-1924, Michael Rembis, Catherine J. Kudlick, and Kim E. Nielsen, co-editors, The Oxford Handbook of Disability History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

“‘Salvaging the Negro’: Vocational Rehabilitation and African American Veterans 1917-1924”, Susan Burch and Michael Rembis editors, Disability Histories (University of Illinois Press 2014), 321-344.

“Mortality as the Life Story of a People: Frederick L. Hoffman and Actuarial Narratives of African American Extinction, 1896-1915”, Canadian Review of American Studies (Vol.43:3 2013), 352-387

Review of Jim Downs, Sick from Freedom: African American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction(Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2012 (Left History, 16.3 Summer 2013), 139-141.

Soldier Exposures in Technical Publics,Disability and African American Veterans of WW1” Editor, Zoe Wool, Public Culture  www.publicbooks.org (2013) 

Review of Rebecca Hill, Men, Mobs, and Law: Anti-Lynching and Labor Defense in U.S. Radical History, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008, (Labour/Le Travail, No. 65 Spring 2010), 229-231.