Anthony DeStefanis, Associate Professor of History, History & Political Science

Anthony Destefanis



Towers Hall 215


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

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Modern U.S. history
  • U.S. labor and working-class history
  • Immigration, race and ethnicity
  • Gender and sexuality
  • The U.S. and the world
  • Publications

    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


    • Humanities Advisory Committee, Summer Writing Award, Otterbein University, 2009, 2014 & 2018
    • Humanities Advisory Committee, Faculty Project Grant, Otterbein University, 2012 & 2015
    • Humanities Advisory Committee, Faculty Travel Grant, 2011 & 2012
    • Humanities Advisory Committee, Research Grant, Otterbein University, 2011
    • Scholar-in-Residence, 2010-2012, "Bringing Theory to Practice" Project focused on better integrating the 5 Cardinal Experiences into the Otterbein educational experience.
    • 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
    • Scholarship, The Order of the White Jacket Alumni Association, College of William and Mary, 1997, 1999
    • Dissertation Research Grant, The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University, 1998
    • The Senator Claiborne Pell Medal for Excellence in the Study of U.S. History, Rhode Island College, 1992

    Professional Affiliations

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