Annelise Orleck

Academic Appointments

Professor of History

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where you can travel around the world without ever venturing more than a few miles from home. Brooklyn's amazing assortment of cultures sparked an interest in the study of history and ethnicity which continues to this day. I give it full expression in my senior seminar, History 96: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in American History.


Carson Hall, Room C402
HB 6107


  • B.A. The Evergreen State College
  • M.A. New York University
  • Ph.D. New York University

Selected Publications

  • BOOKS:

    Rethinking American Women's Activism (Routledge, 2014).

  • The War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History, 1964-1980, edited by Annelise Orleck and Lisa Gayle Hazirjian (University of Georgia Press, 2011).

  • Storming Caesar’s Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty (Beacon Press, 2005).

  • The Soviet Jewish Americans (Greenwood Press ,1999, pbk 2001).

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Works In Progress

"Low Wages: I'm Not Lovin' It: The Rise of a New Global Labor Movement"

"Reflections Through A Glass Closet: The Lesbian Presence in American Progressivism"