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Jeffrey Manuel

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Assistant Professor
Peck Hall 3218
Office Phone: 618-650-2414
Email: jemanue@siue.edu

Bio

Jeffrey T. Manuel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A native of Anoka, Minnesota, Manuel received his BA in history and economics from Northwestern University in 2001 and his PhD in history from the University of Minnesota in 2009.

Manuel's research interests focus on the history of resource industries in the modern United States. He is especially interested in relationships between resource industries, the environment, technology, and politics. Manuel's first book, North Country Blues: The Struggle to Sustain Industrial Mining on Minnesota's Iron Range, 1915-2000, is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. His research on the history of the iron ore industry has also appeared in Technology and Culture and several forthcoming edited collections. This research has been supported by grants and fellowships including a STEP Grant from SIUE's Office of Research and Projects and the Norman Johnson Dewitt Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. Manuel's current research project examines the politics and culture of the fuel alcohol (or ethanol) industry in the United States.

Manuel is also active in public and oral history. His work as a public historian has appeared in Radical History Review and he has served as curator and online producer for historical exhibitions in Minnesota and Illinois. He has also been a director or contributor to several community oral history projects in the Saint Louis metro region.

Research Focus

Twentieth Century United States History
Resource Industries
Envirotechnical Histories
History of Deindustrialization
Public History and Museum Studies
Oral History

Courses Taught

U.S. History and Constitution, 1877 to Present
History of Technology
Industry as History, Politics, and Memory
Historical Research
U.S. History in the Twentieth Century, 1945-Present
Approaches to Oral History
Preserving the American Past
Graduate Seminar in Twentieth Century U.S. History
Practicum in Exhibition Development
Graduate Core Seminar in History and Theory
The Facebook Class: Social Networking and the Self

Selected Publications

"Introduction: Education Reform Past, Present, and Future." The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies 74, no. 2 (2013): 1-5. Introduction to a special issue of The Councilor on the topic of education reform in Illinois.

"Mr. Taconite: Edward W. Davis and the Promotion of Low-Grade Iron Ore, 1913-1955." Technology and Culture 54, no. 2 (2013): 317-45. [Requires login]

"Conservatism and the Culture Wars: The View from the Classroom," Review of American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It, by Paul Lyons, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 11, no. 4 (2012): 380-86. [Requires login]

With Rebecca Amato. " Using Radical Public History Tours to Reframe Urban Crime," Radical History Review, no. 113 (2012): 212-24.

" Rethinking the Social in Social Studies," The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies 71, no. 2 (2010): 1-11.

With Andrew T. Urban. "'You Can't Legislate the Heart': Minneapolis Mayor Charles Stenvig and the Politics of Law and Order." American Studies 49, no. 3/4 (2008): 195-219.

With Lisa Blee, Caley Horan, Brian Tochterman, Andrew Urban, and Julie Weiskopf. "Engaging with Public Engagement: Public History and Graduate Pedagogy." Radical History Review 102 (2008): 73-89. [Requires login]

" The Sound of the Plain White Folk? Creating Country Music's 'Social Origins.'" Popular Music and Society 31, no. 4 (2008): 417-31. [Requires login]

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