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Jacob Remes
Assistant professor of public affairs and history
Brooklyn, N.Y.


  • U.S. History
  • Disasters
  • Labor and unions
  • Canada
  • Immigration
  • Religious history


Jacob Remes is a historian of the United States and Canada, with particular expertise in disasters (natural and otherwise), labor and other social movements, migration, and religion. He is the author of several articles on these topics and is completing a book on working-class experience of, and response to, disasters in U.S. and Canadian cities.

In addition to his scholarly publications, he has written for the Raleigh News and Observer (about the Haiti earthquake), Alternet (about the history of general strikes), and The Nation (about student protests in Quebec). He has appeared in a variety of other media as an expert on these and other topics. He tweets at @jacremes.

He serves as a judge for the David Carliner Award from the American Constitution Society, an annual $10,000 prize to an outstanding young immigrants’ rights, civil rights, civil liberties, or international human rights attorney.

Prof. Remes has received awards and fellowships from the Labor and Working-Class History Association, the American Council of Learned Societies, Duke University, and Yale University.

He received his B.A. from Yale and his M.A. and Ph.D from Duke, and he was a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University in Montreal. More information, including a CV and links to articles and past media appearances, is available on his webpage at http://www7.esc.edu/jremes.

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