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James Wolfinger

  • Associate Dean & Professor; Secondary History
  • Teacher Education
  • 773-325-4290
  • 2247 N. Halsted St., Room 209

James Wolfinger holds a joint appointment in history and education. He serves as associate dean for curriculum and programs in the College of Education, and is the director of the DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration. In addition to his two books, his articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Journal of Urban History, Labor, and Pennsylvania History.


  • PhD in U.S. History, Northwestern University
  • MA in History, University of Georgia
  • BS in Social Science Education, Auburn University

Courses Taught

  • T&L 455 Readings in American History
  • Courses in labor, political, urban, and African American history in the United States

Research Interests
Twentieth Century U.S. History; Urban History; African American History; Political History; Labor History; History of Capitalism; World War II

Selected Publications
Wolfinger, J. (2016). Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Wolfinger, J. (2007). Philadelphia Divided: Race and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Wolfinger, J. (n.d.). Deaths of a Flyboy: Searching for Truth in the South Pacific. Research project in progress.

​Director of DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration