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

  • World War I mobilization and the labor history of the 1920s
  • Industrial democracy, the living wage, and employee representation
  • Employers, unions, and the state

Recent publications:

  • “Making Ends Meet: Clerical Workers, Consumption, and the Collar Line in the USA in the 1920s,” Social History vol. 46, no. 1 (February 2021).
  • “Railroad Workers and Organized Labor.” In the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Ed. Jon Butler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

Teaching | Current

I teach the survey of United States history at Stage I, a course in late ninteenth- and early twentieth-century United States history at stages II and III, and postgraduate seminar in United States history.

  • HIST108: Rise & Fall of the USA
  • HIST257/357: The Making of Modern America
  • HIST734: Uncovering United States History

Postgraduate supervision

Meghan Williams, 'Racial Capitalism in Aoteara, 1870-1920', PhD

Henry Chignell, 'Writing for Summer: The Press and Black Baseball from Integration to Recognition, 1945-1956', MA

Rachel Lynch, 'The Mafia and the Media: The Nationally Televised New York Hearings of the Kefauver Committee, March 1951', MA

Areas of expertise

  • Late nineteenth and early twentieth century United States social, cultural, and political history
  • Labor history
  • Railroad history
  • Gender, race, and masculinity

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of American Studies.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Taillon, P. M. (2019). Railroad Workers. In S. A. Reich (Ed.) World of Jim Crow: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (pp. 131-131). Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.
  • Taillon, P. M. (2017). Labour movements, trade unions and strikes (USA). 1914-1918 online: International encyclopedia of the First World War (pp. ). Berlin, Germany: Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35291
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35293
  • Taillon, P. M. (2011). Casey Jones, Better Watch Your Speed! Workplace Culture, Manhood, and Protective Labor Legislation on the Railroads, 1880s-1910s. Australasian Journal of American Studies, 30 (1), 20-38.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18612
  • Taillon, P. M. (2009). Good, Reliable, White Men: Railroad Brotherhoods, 1877-1917. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Pages: 266.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/13503
  • Taillon, P. M. (2002). "What we want is good, sober men": Masculinity, respectability, and temperance in the railroad brotherhoods, c. 1870-1910. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY, 36 (2), 319-+. 10.1353/jsh.2003.0037
  • Taillon, P. M. (2001). "To Make Men Out of Crude Material': Work Culture, Manhood, and Unionism in the Railroad Running Trades, C. 1870-1900. In Roger Horowitz (Ed.) Boys and their Toys: Masculinity, Class and Technology in America (pp. 33-54). New York: Routledge Falmer.


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ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 7, Room 723
New Zealand

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