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Anthony DeStefanis , Ph.D.

Associate Professor , History
Department of
History and Political Science

p/ 614.823.1509
e/ ADestefanis@otterbein.edu
Office: Towers Hall 215


  • B.A., Rhode Island College, 1992
  • M.A., The College of William and Mary, 1996
  • Ph.D., The College of William and Mary, 2004 

Research & Teaching Interests

I specialize in modern U.S. history with an emphasis on labor and the working class. My current research uses the Colorado National Guard and the 1913-14 southern Colorado coal strike as case studies to examine military strikebreaking. I chart the development of both Colorado’s mining industry and the Colorado National Guard to understand how the confluence of capital’s growing power, cultural politics, and the imperatives of state building created a state with a formidable National Guard that was willing to break strikes, as well as state officials who continually used the Guard as a club against striking workers. I also examine how fighting the Plains Indians and service in the Philippines shaped the Colorado National Guard’s understanding of strike duty. 

Book manuscript in progress: "Guarding the Empire: Soldier Strikebreakers on the Long Road to the Ludlow Massacre." 

Teaching Interests

  • Labor and the working class
  • Immigration, race, and ethnicity
  • The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Civil rights movements
  • The Cold War and U.S. foreign relations
  • The history of sexuality 


Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Governor Elias Ammons and the 1913-1914 Southern Colorado Coal Strike" in The Ludlow Massacre and Beyond: The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company and Its Legacy. Denver: University of Colorado Press, 2014.
  • “The Road to Ludlow: Breaking the 1913-14 Southern Colorado Coal Strike,” Journal of the Historical Society, 12 no. 2 (September 2012): 341-390.
  • "Violence and the Colorado National Guard: Masculinity, Race, Class, and Identity in the 1913-14 Southern Colorado Coal Strike," in Mining Women: Gender in the Development of a Global Industry, 1670-2005, eds., Jaclyn Gier Viskovatoff and Laurie Mercier. New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2006.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

  • Review of Reform or Repression: Organizing America’s Anti-Union Movement. By Chad Pearson. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Labor: Studies in the Working-Class History of the Americas, Winter 2017.
  • Review of The Rise of the Chicago Police Department: Class and Conflict, 1850-1894. By Sam Mitrani. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2013. Labour/Le Travail, Fall 2016.
  • Review of Matewan Before the Massacre: Politics, Coal, and the Roots of Conflict in a West Virginia Mining Community. By Rebecca J. Bailey. Morgantown, West Virginia: West Virginia University Press, 2008. Labor: Studies in the Working-Class History of the Americas, Summer, 2010.
  • Review of Radicalism in the Mountain West, 1890-1920: Socialists, Populists, Miners, and Wobblies. By David R. Berman. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado, 2007. Pacific Historical Review, August 2009.
  • Review of Colorado's Volunteer Infantry in the Philippine Wars, 1898-1899. By Geoffrey R. Hunt. Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 2006. Pacific Historical Review, August, 2008.
  • "The Ludlow Massacre" entry in The Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History, ed. Eric Arnesen (New York: Routledge, 2006).

Affiliations & Awards

Professional Awards

  • Scholar-in-Residence, 2010-present. "Bringing Theory to Practice" Project focused on better integrating the 5 Cardinal Experiences into the Otterbein educational experience
  • Humanities Advisory Committee, Research Grant, Otterbein University, 2011 and 2012
  • Humanities Advisory Committee, Summer Writing Grant, Otterbein College, 2009
  • Faculty Development Committee, Professional Development Mini-Grant, Otterbein College, 2009
  • Organizing Internship, the United Steelworkers of America, 2000
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Department of History, College of William and Mary, 1999-2000
  • College-Wide Research Grant, College of William and Mary, 1999
  • Dissertation Research Grant, The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University, 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Labor and Working-Class History Association
  • Member, Organization of American Historians

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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