Joe William Trotter, Jr.-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Joe William Trotter, Jr.

Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice, History

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.268.2875


The Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice is a specialist in U.S. urban, labor, and African-American history. In addition to books on African American life and labor in Milwaukee, West Virginia, and the Ohio Valley, Professor Trotter is the author of a two volume textbook on the African American experience from its African beginnings through recent times. His most recent published works include an edited volume (with Earl Lewis and Tera Hunter) on African American urban history and policy and (with Patricia Cooper) a special labor issue of the Journal of Urban History. His articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of edited works as well as professional journals.

Professor Trotter is also a past president of the Labor and Working Class History Association. In addition to his work as chair of the Department of History, he is also director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), founded in 1995.