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Premilla Nadasen
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queens College
Phone: 718-997-5352
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Columbia University
Research Interests: Twentieth-Century U.S. history
Selected Publications

Rethinking the Welfare Rights Movement (Routledge 2011)

Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents, co-authored with Jennifer Mittelstadt and Marisa Chappell (Routledge 2009)


Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States (Routledge, 2005). (Winner of the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize)

Articles, Reviews, Essays:

"Citizenship Rights, Domestic Work, and the Fair Labor Standards Act" (forthcoming Journal of Policy History)

Valuing Domestic Work, with Tiffany Williams, New Feminist Solutions Policy Report, published by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Fall 2010

"Tell Dem Slavery Done": Domestic Workers United and Transnational Feminism, Scholar and Feminist Online (Barnard Center for Research on Women on-line journal) Spring 2010

"Domestic Workers Take It To The Streets" Ms. Magazine, Fall 2009: 38-40. (Reprinted in Utne Reader, "Meet the New Nanny," March-April 2010)

"International Feminism and Reproductive Labor" in Workers, the Nation-State and Beyond: Essays in Labor History Across the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2010)

"'Mothers at Work': The Welfare Rights Movement and Welfare Reform in the 1960s" in The Legal Tender of Gender: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Welfare Law, State Policies and the Regulation of Women's Poverty, ed. Shelley Gavigan and Dorothy E. Chunn, (Hart Publishing, 2010)

"Power, Intimacy, and Contestation: Dorothy Bolden and Domestic Worker Organizing in Atlanta in the 1960s" in Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care, ed. Eileen Boris and Rhacel Parrenas (Stanford University Press, 2010)

"Is it Time to Jump Ship? Historians Rethink the Waves Metaphor" Kathleen Laughlin, Julie Gallagher, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Eileen Boris, Premilla Nadasen, Stephanie Gilmore, and Leandra Zarnow Feminist Formations, (vol 22, no. 1) (Summer 2010): 76-135.

"Sista' Friends and Other Allies: Domestic Workers United" in New Social Movements in the African Diaspora: Challenging Global Apartheid, ed. Leith Mullings (Palgrave MacMillan 2009)

"'We Do Whatever Becomes Necessary: Johnnie Tillmon, Welfare Rights, and Black Power" in Want to Start a Revolution?: Women in the Black Revolt, ed. Jeanne Theoharis, Dayo Gore, and Komozi Woodard (NYU Press, 2009)

"Domestic Workers Organize!" with Eileen Boris in Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society (December 2008)

"'Welfare's A Green Problem': Cross-Race Coalitions in the Welfare Rights Movement" in Feminist Coalitions, ed. Stephanie Gilmore (University of Illinois Press, 2008)

"From Widow to 'Welfare Queen': Welfare and the Politics of Race" Black Women, Gender, and Families, Vol. 1 (2) (2007)

"Expanding the Boundaries of the Women's Movement: Black Feminism and the Struggle for Welfare Rights" Feminist Studies 28:2 (Summer 2002): 271-301. (Awarded the Berkshire Conference Article Prize)

Reprinted in Women, Culture, and Society, ed. Barbara Balliet (Rutgers University Press, 2004, 2007)

No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism ed. by Nancy Hewitt (Rutgers University Press, 2010

Works in Progress:

Domestic Workers Unite!: Household Workers' Organizations in the Post-War U.S.

Other Activities
Editorial Board, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society
Editorial Board, Women's Studies Quarterly
Contributing Editor, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas
Contributing Editor, Black Women, Gender and Families: Women's Studies and Black Studies Journal