Jeffrey Powell

Jeffrey Powell

Part-Time Faculty


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Jeffrey Powell

Jeffrey Powell is a political ans social historian. He has taught Early American, Modern American, and Modern European history at both Wayne State University, Oakland University, and the College for Creative Studies. His dissertation research is focused on how patriotic commemorations during the American centennial worked to reshape the nation's historic memory. In addition to his teaching and research, Powell is a certified archival administrator and was one of the archivists who processed the Mike Gold and Mike Folsom papers at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.



  • Ph.D. Candidate, History, Wayne State University
  • M.A., History, Wayne State University, 2004
  • Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration,
  • B.A., History, University of Michigan - Dearborn, 2000

Selected publications

 “The Pan-American Exhibition of 1901,” "Eugenics" and “Buck v. Bell” in Elizabeth Faue, ed., The Emergence of Modern America 1900-1928: The Encyclopedia of American History, Vol. 7 (New York: Facts on File, 2008).

"A Contested Past: The American Centennial and the Reshaping of American History," History Comes Alive Lecture Series, Oakland University, February 2008.

Review of Jeffrey D. Kleiman, Strike!: How the Furniture Workers Strike of 1911 Changed Grand Rapids (Ann Arbor, 2006), in The Michigan Historical Review 33:1 (Spring 2007).

"The Taftville Strike of 1875 and the Struggles of Labor at the Beginning of the Gilded Age," North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, October 2006.

"The American Centennial and the Transformation of American Patriotism," Dearborn Historical Museum Lecture Series, May 2005.

Currently teaching

 HIS 1300 - Europe and the World from 1500-1945 (online)

Courses taught

 HIS 2040 - United States History to 1877 (classroom & online)

HIS 2050 - United States History since 1877