Peter Rachleff conducts research in U.S. labor, immigration and African American
history. He teaches courses in these areas, as well as theme-focused courses between the
Civil War and World War II. Rachleff has tied much of his teaching and service to
interdisciplinary programs, such as Urban Studies, African American Studies, Comparative
North American Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. Active in the community
around Macalester, from the Minnesota Historical Society to the labor movement, he is a
frequent sponsor of internships and student research projects. 

Rachleff has been teaching at Macalester since 1982. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Amherst College M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh 

Journal Articles


Labor History for the Future, Social Policy (2013)


Rebellion to Tyrants, Democracy for Workers, SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY (2012)


Madison Is Our Cairo, MRZine (2011)


Starving amidst too much: & other IWW writings on the food industry (with L. S. Chumley, Jim Seymour, and Jack Sheridan) (2005)

Contributions to Books


Introduction: Making the Invisible Visible, By These Hands: Portraits from the Factory Floor (2002)


Globalization and Union Democracy: A Comparison of the Hormel, A South African and American comparative reader : the best of Safundi and other selected articles (2001)


Introduction, A Union Against Unions: The Minneapolis Citizens Alliance and Its Fight Against Organized Labor, 1903 - 1947 (2001)


Readjusters, Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations (2001)


Richmond: Civic, Literary, and Mutual Aid Associations, Organizing Black America : An Encyclopedia of African American Associations (2001)

Book Reviews


Minnesota’s Iron Range and the Struggle for Democracy, Minnesota Humanities Commission, “Lunch and Learn” Program (2010)

Neoliberalism, Post-Fordism, the Workplace, and the Crisis of Safety and Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety Graduate Research Seminar (2010)

Pulling the Strings of Race: The Buffalo Historical Marionettes of the Federal Theater Project, Michigan State University, Labor Studies Program and African & African American Studies Department (2010)

"The Financial Crisis and the Global South: A Labor Perspective," Teach-in on the Financial Crisis and the Global South, University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (2008)