Carnegie Mellon University

Joe Trotter

Joe Trotter

Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice
Chair, History


Joe Trotter 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, he 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.

Professor Trotter is currently conducting research on African American life in the urban deep south and (with Jared Day) late 20th century Pittsburgh.

For an interview, email Shilo Rea or call her at 412-268-6094.