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.

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

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
New Zealand

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