Michael Goldfield

Michael Goldfield

Fraser Fellow, Douglas Fraser Center for the Study of Workplace Issues (Labor@Wayne)
Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University


Curriculum vitae

Michael Goldfield

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Research Interests: Industrial Relations; Labor History; Race; The Global Economy; Philosophy of Science and Social Science; Social Movements; History of the Communist Party; Radicalism in the US


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago
  • MA, Political Science, University of Chicago
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Chicago
  • BA, Philosophy, Williams College

Selected publications


with Cody R. Melcher, "The Myth of Section 7(a): Worker Militancy, Progressive Labor Legislation, and the Coal Miners," Labor: Studies in Working Class History (accepted July 2018; forthcoming 2019). 

with Cody R. Melcher, "The Transformation of the American Working Class: Class Fragmentation, Deunionization, and the Rise of the Right," (under review). 

The Golden Key (To Understanding American Politics): Southern Labor in the 1930s and 1940s (under review).


The Color of Politics: Race and the Mainsprings of American Politics (New Press, 1997).  

The Decline of Organized Labor in the United States (The University of Chicago Press, 1987).

The Myth of Capitalism Reborn: A Marxist Critique of Theories of Capitalist Restoration in the USSR, w/ Mel Rothenberg (Soviet Union Study Project, 1980).  

Edited Volumes:
Labour, Globalization, and the State: Workers, Women, and Migrants Confront Neoliberalism, w/ Debdas Banerjee (Routledge, 2008). 


Goldfield, Michael. "Worker insurgency, radical organization, and New Deal labor legislation." American Political Science Review 83.4 (1989): 1257-1282.

Goldfield, Michael. "Explaining New Deal Labor Policy." American Political Science Review (1990): 1297-1315. 

Goldfield, Michael. "Public sector union growth and public policy." Policy Studies Journal 18.2 (1989): 404-420.

Goldfield, Michael. "Race and the CIO: The Possibilities for Racial Egalitarianism during the 1930s and 1940s." International Labor and Working-Class History 44 (1993): 1-32.

Goldfield, Michael. "Race and the CIO Revisited: Reply to Critics." International Labor and Working-Class History 45 (1994): 142-160. 

Goldfield, Michael. "The failure of Operation Dixie: A critical turning point in American political development?." Race, class, and community in southern labor history (1994): 166-189.

Goldfield, Michael. "Achilles Heel and the Tortoise: Race and the US Labor Movement," in Labor and Race, co-edited by Manning Marable, Joseph Wilson, and Immanuel Ness (Rowland and Littlefield, 2006). 

Goldfield, Michael, and Amy Bromsen. "The changing landscape of US unions in historical and theoretical perspective." Annual Review of Political Science 16 (2013): 231-257.

Goldfield, Michael. "The decline of the Communist Party and the black question in the US: Harry Haywood's Black Bolshevik." Review of Radical Political Economics 12.1 (1980): 44-63.

Goldfield, Michael. "Recent Historiography of the Communist Party." The Year Left (1985).