Sean O'Brien

Sean O'Brien

Academic Service Officer II

3074 FA/B


History, Employment and Labor Relations

Sean O'Brien

Sean O'Brien is a Ph.D. student in the history department at Wayne State University. His dissertation is focused on creative labor in the comics industry. He has taught pre-modern and modern sections of East Asian history, as well as HIS 2050: Modern America since 1877.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Modern U.S. history
  • History of American and Japanese pop culture
  • American labor history


  • Comics labor history


  • B.A., History, Northern Michigan University, 2012
  • M.A., History, Wayne State University, 2019

Awards and grants

  • 2019 - Thomas Frank Mayer-Oakes Annual Memorial Scholarship
  • 2018 - Thomas Frank Mayer-Oakes Annual Memorial Scholarship
  • 2018 - Michael D. Patterson Memorial Award

Courses taught by Sean O'Brien

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022