Dr Paul Michel Taillon

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Senior Lecturer


I am a historian of working people and the labor movement in the United States. I have written on gender, race, and unionism in the United States railroad industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which you can read about in Good, Reliable, White Men, Railroad Brotherhoods, 1877-1917 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009).



Research | Current

  • Late nineteenth and early twentieth century United States History
  • Labor, social, and political history

My current research focuses on racial justice, working-class insurgency, the living wage, and the state during the World War I era.

Teaching | Current

I teach the survey of United States history at Stage I, a course in the making of modern America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries at stages II and III, and "Uncovering United States History" at postgraduate level. In 2017 I offer History 108, "Rise and Fall of the USA" in Semester 2 and History 257/357, "The Making of Modern American: The USA, 1877-1924," also in Semester 2.

HISTORY 108 Rise and Fall of the USA

HISTORY 241 Making Sense of the Sixties: USA 1954-73

HISTORY 257 Making Modern America 1877-1924

HISTORY 341 Making Sense of the Sixties: USA 1954-73

HISTORY 357 Making Modern America 1877-1924

HISTORY 734AB United States History

HISTORY 780 Dissertation

Postgraduate supervision

Current Supervision:

Samuel Denny, "Hard Men in Hard Places: A History of Miner’s Radicalism in America’s Southwest," MA.

Mia Sostaric, "Citizenship, Obligation, and Service in the early comics of Wonder Woman and Captain America, 1941-1959," MA.

Areas of expertise

  • Late nineteenth and early twentieth century United States History.
  • Labor, social, and political history.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of American Studies.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Taillon, P. M. (2017). Labour Movements, Trade Unions and Strikes (USA). 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (pp. 1-10). Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin / Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Related URL.
  • Taillon, P. M. (2016). Review of the book: Free Labor. The Civil War and the Making of an American Working Class, by Mark A. Lause. H-Net Reviews Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35320
  • Taillon, P. M. (2016). Review of the book: Death and Dying in the Working Class, 1865–1920, by Michael K. Rosenow. Journal of American History, 103 (1), 206-207. 10.1093/jahist/jaw076
  • Taillon, P. M. (2016). A syndicalist moment? Democracy, insurgent unionism, and the ‘Outlaw Strike’ of 1920. Labor History, 57 (3), 390-414. 10.1080/0023656X.2016.1161269
  • Taillon, P. M. (2015). Review of the book: Progressives at War: William G. McAdoo and Newton D. Baker, 1863-1941, by Douglas B. Craig. Australasian Journal of American Studies, 34 (1), 100-102.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35304
  • Taillon, P. M. (2014). "All Men Are Entitled to Justice By the Government": Black Workers, Citizenship, Letter Writing, and the World War I State. Journal of Social History, 48 (1), 88-111. 10.1093/jsh/shu081
  • Taillon, P. (2014). Review of the book: Weavers of Dreams, Unite! Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America, by Sean P. Holmes. Journal of American History, 101 (1), 296-297. 10.1093/jahist/jau324
  • Taillon, P. M. (2013). Review of the book: Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, by Jean M. Yarbrough. H-Net Reviews, 1-2. Related URL.


Contact details

Office hours

Semester 2, 2017: Monday, 2-3pm, Tuesday, 4-5pm.

Primary location

Level 7, Room 713
New Zealand

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