Christopher Hayes

PROFILE
Teaching Instructor
Unit(s): 
Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER)
Education: 
Ph.D., Rutgers University
CONTACT INFO
 848-932-1190
 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
EXPERTISE
  • Twentieth century African American and urban history
  • Policing
  • Civil rights
  • Drug policy
Chris is an historian of urban America in the 20th century. He earned a Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University, which is also his undergraduate alma mater.
 
He is writing a book, under contract with Columbia University Press, examining New York City in the decades after World War II to try to make sense of the July 1964 rebellions that gripped the city for nearly a week. It is an exploration of race, housing, employment, education, policing, politics, protest and American values in New York and the nation.
 
His teaching is primarily in labor history across time in America, with a focus on the development of the institutions and ideologies of race, class, gender, capitalism, industry and work.

“Review of Kidada E. Williams’ They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I,” The Journal of Social History, 2014. DOI 10.1093/jsh/shu062

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES & INVITED LECTURES

New Jersey History Forum; Panel Title: “Social History,” Chair and Commentator, Morristown, New Jersey, November 2016
 
Urban History Association Biennial Conference; Paper Title: “Thoughts on Operation Open City and the First, Second and Third Reconstructions,” Chicago, Illinois, October 2016
 
American Historical Association Annual Meeting; Paper Title: “HANA and Heroin: Alternative Approaches to Drug Abuse in 1960s Harlem,” New York, New York, January 2015
 
Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting; Paper Title: “Internal Migration and the Rise of Black Radicalism in Postwar New York City,” Atlanta, Georgia, April 2014
 
The Red Mill Museum; Presentation Title: "Civil Rights in the Promised Land: Struggles for Racial Equality in New York and New Jersey," Clinton, New Jersey, February 2014
 
Social Science History Association Annual Meeting; Paper Title: “The Economics of Segregation in Postwar New York City,” Chicago, Illinois, November 2013
 
Educating Harlem: Histories of Learning and Schooling in an American Community; Paper Title: “Linking Postwar Educational and Residential Segregation in Central Harlem,” New York, New York, October 2013
 
Urban History Association Biennial Conference; Paper Title: “Using Place to Control Race: New York City in the Postwar Period,” New York, New York, October 2012
 
Social Science History Association Annual Meeting; Paper Title: “Hitting the Smiling Wall: Postwar Civil Rights in New York City,” Boston, Massachusetts, November 2011
 
Social Science History Association Annual Meeting; Panel Title: “Race in the Cities,” Discussant, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2011
 
Warren I. Susman Conference; Paper Title: “Black New Yorkers, White New Yorkers and the Civilian Review Board Struggle of the Mid-1960s,” New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 2011
 
Social Science History Association Annual Meeting; Panel Title: “Legacies and Predecessors of the Civil Rights Movement,” Discussant, Chicago, Illinois, November 2013

New York's 'Night of Birmingham Horror' Sparked a Summer of Riots,” National Public Radio, July 18, 2014

AWARDS, GRANTS AND HONORS

Rutgers University, Institutional Conference Travel Award, 2012
Rutgers University, Departmental Conference Travel Award, 2012
Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis Graduate Fellow, Alternate, 2010-2011
Rutgers University, Mellon Small Summer Grant Award, 2010
Rutgers University, Doctoral Fellowship, 2005-2006, 2008-2009