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March 24: Professor Joe Trotter Receives First Giant Eagle Professorship


Kelli McElhinny                       

Carnegie Mellon Professor Joe Trotter
Receives First Giant Eagle Professorship

PITTSBURGH—Joe Trotter, head of Carnegie Mellon University's History Department since 2001, has received the school's first Giant Eagle Professorship in Humanities and Social Sciences. A nationally recognized scholar and author, Trotter served as the Mellon Bank Professor of History from 1996-2007.
Joe Trotter Trotter is the founding director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), an interdisciplinary research institute that fosters scholarship on the intersection of urban history, race and policy. He is collaborating on a history of African American life in Pittsburgh since World War II, which will commemorate Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary and serve as a centerpiece for CAUSE's oral history project on African American life in Pittsburgh.
"Joe Trotter has had a tremendous impact on both Carnegie Mellon University and the history profession through his leadership of the History Department and CAUSE," said John Lehoczky, dean of the university's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "He is a nationally recognized scholar of working-class and labor history who is also dedicated to the development of young scholars."   
Since joining Carnegie Mellon's faculty in 1985, Trotter has published numerous books. On its 20th anniversary in 2005, his book "Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat, 1915-1945" was celebrated for its impact on scholarship in the field, and its second edition was published this year. His other books include "Coal, Class, and Color: Blacks in Southern West Virginia, 1915-32" and "River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley."
Trotter has served as president of the Labor and Working Class History Association and on the executive councils of the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association and the Immigration History Society. He currently is a trustee of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
Trotter and his wife, H. LaRue Trotter, reside in Penn Hills, Pa.
The Giant Eagle Foundation established the professorship to support an outstanding faculty member in Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.