Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to CAUSE at Carnegie Mellon University

Founded in 1995, CAUSE is an interdisciplinary research and education center in the Department of History, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University. Focusing on African American urban life and history since the transatlantic slave trade, the Center encourages scholarship that addresses the historian’s interest in understanding socioeconomic, political, and cultural change over time... [Read more]

Recent Publications

 "Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America
 by Joe William Trotter, Jr.
 University of California Press, 2019

 Interviews and articles:

Stanford Social Innovation Review (May 14, 2019)

PA Books on PCN Podcast (March 5, 2019)

 Rising up with Sonali (February 1, 2019)

 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (January 29, 2019)

 Times Reporter (January 22, 2019)


 "The Ghetto in Global History: 1500 to the Present"
 by Wendy Z. Goldman and
 Joe William Trotter, Jr.
 Routledge, 2017

Previous Events:

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Assistant Professor of History, Queens College, CUNY
“Medical Bondage and the Birth of American Gynecology”

In collaboration with Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History

Dr. Daina Ramey Berry
“Soul Values & American Slavery”

Dr. Keisha N. Blain
"Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom"

Dr. Mary Frances Berry
"History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements have succeeded in challenging Times"