History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Yevette Richards Jordan

Yevette Richards Jordan

Yevette Richards Jordan

Associate Professor

Women’s history, African American history, women’s labor in the global economy, labor history, Pan-Africanism, Cold War

Yevette Richards is a specialist in African American history, U.S. women’s history, labor studies, and Pan-Africanism.  She has published Maida Springer, Pan-Africanist and International Labor Leader (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000) and the oral history companion book entitled, Conversations with Maida Springer: A Personal History of Labor, Race, and International Relations (2004, University of Pittsburgh Press).

Her current research explores the operations of the African Labor College in Uganda as a site for Cold War and transnational labor struggles in the 1950s and 1960s. She received an MA degree from the Department of African American Studies at Yale University and MA and PhD degrees from the Department of American Studies at Yale University. She has received a Mathy Junior Faculty Award in the Arts and Humanities (2001), a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (1997-1998), and a Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy Fellowship from Carnegie-Mellon University (1997-1998).

Selected Publications

Books

Conversations with Maida Springer: A Personal History of Labor, Race, and International Relations.  Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004.

Maida Springer: Pan-Africanist and International Labor Leader. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.

Articles

 

“George McCray and the Making of Transnational Identity in Ghana,” James Miller, ed. Narrative of Expatriation and Return section, The [Oxford] Handbook of the History of African Diaspora (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

 

“Marred by Dissimulation: The AFL-CIO, the Women’s Committee, and Transnational Labor Relations,” American Labor's Global Ambassadors: The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War. (Palgrave Macmillan) (December 2013).

 

“The Activism of George McCray: Confluence and Conflict of Pan-Africanism and Transnational Labor Solidarity,” Nico Slate, ed. Black Power Beyond Borders (Palgrave MacMillan, December 2012).

 

“Labor’s Gendered Misstep: The Women’s Committee and African Women Workers, 1957-1968,” International Journal of African Historical Studies 44, 3 (December/January 2011-2012): 415-442.

 

"Race, Gender, and Anticommunism in the International Labor Movement: The Pan-African Connections of Maida Springer," Journal of Women's History 11, 2 (Summer 1999): 35-59.

 

"African and African-American Labor Leaders in the Struggle over International Labor Affiliation," The International Journal of African Historical Studies 31, 2 (1998): 301-334. 

Courses Taught

Women and Work

Women and Global Issues

Global Representations of Women

Introduction to African American Studies

The Rise of the Modern Pan-African Movement

Women’s Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power

Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism

Women Preachers, Teachers, Activists and Captives during the Enslavement Era

Women and Nationalism