James McQuaid

James McQuaid

Doctoral Candidate
Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellow

james.mcquaid@wayne.edu

3082 FAB

Curriculum vitae

Social media

twitter.com/JamesRMcQuaid

James McQuaid

Department

History

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Modern North American History
  • Queer (LGBTQIA+) History
  • Labor History, History of the American Labor Movement, History of the UAW

Research

The Queer History of the United Auto Workers, 1935-2000

Education

  • M.A., History, Wayne State University, 2018
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Grand Valley State University, 2012

Awards and grants

  • 2021 – Present: Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship, Department of History, Wayne State University. 

  • 2021: Kruman-Lion Endowed History Graduate Student Award, Department of History, Wayne State University.

  • 2021: Dr. Louis Jones HGSA Award, Department of History, Wayne State University. Received jointly with Rachel Manela.

  • 2020: Joe L. Norris Endowed Award, “The First Ladies of Labor: How Women Challenged Restrictive Gender Conventions and Established Lesbian Identities on the UAW Shop Floor during World War II,” Department of History, Wayne State University. 

  • 2020: Joseph Gelinas Drouillard & Elizabeth Lesperance Annual History Award, Department of History, Wayne State University.

  • 2019: Charles F. Otis and Dr. Jeffrey L. Reider Scholarship in the History of Gender and Sexuality, Department of History, Wayne State University.

  • 2018 – 2021: Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of History, Wayne State University.

Selected publications

Perry, Tam, James McQuaid, Claudia Sanford, and Dennis Archambault. “Detroit’s Work to Address the Pandemic for Older Adults: A City of Challenge, History and Resilience.” In Global Reflections on COVID-19 and Urban Inequalities, edited by Brian Doucet. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2021.

McQuaid, James. “The Kapanowski Challenge: How Rank and File UAW Members Rallied Around Gay Activists to Fight Runaway Shops in 1972 Detroit.” The Metropole (blog). Urban History Association, January 15, 2020.

Link: themetropole.blog/2020/01/15/the-kapanowski-challenge-the-intersection-of-sexuality-labor-activism-and-deindustrialization-on-the-shop-floor/

Courses taught

HIS 5290/ECO 5490: American Labor History (Fall 2020)

HIS 1050: History of the Headlines, The United States since World War II (Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021)