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The lives of working-class women of color and migrants in the United States lie at the heart of Mia's scholarly inquiry. Her research explores the prolonged struggle for dignity and legal rights they waged while employed as nannies, housecleaners, and caretakers during the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Directing critical attention to the relatively obscure history of domestic worker organizing, Mia's scholarship joins others' that reconsiders what constituted work, who comprised organized labor, and how we characterize labor history. Often cast as a period of organized labor’s weakness, dormancy, and decline, domestic worker activists anchored community-based campaigns that also made the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries a time of hope and agitation, of rebirth and revival rather than repose.
Ultimately, Mia's research explains the emergence of a powerful and unexpected form of labor organizing--the new labor activism--that is community-based, multi-issue oriented, and propelled by working-class women of color and migrants.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Gender & Race
- Social Movements
- Ph.D., History, Boston College, 2023
- MA, History, Marquette University, 2015
- BA, History, Pierre Laclede Honors College, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2013
- AA, Southwestern Illinois College, 2011
Awards and grants
Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Prize, American Political History Institute, Boston University, 2023
Ida B. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship, Coordinating Council for Women in History, 2022
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Boston College, 2022
Dean of Summer Session Teaching Fellowship, Boston College, 2021 & 2022
Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere, American Historical Association, 2020
John Higham Research Fellowship, Organization of American Historians, 2020
Donald J. White Excellence in Teaching Award, Boston College, 2020
Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2019
James P. Danky Fellowship, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society, 2019
Irish Studies Fellowship, Department of History, Boston College, 2018
Prucha-Theoharis Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Marquette University, 2015
- Film Interviewee, "Demanding Justice: A History of Domestic Workers"
- Researcher & Contributor, "A History of Domestic Work & Worker Organizing"
Video: “Defining Their Sphere: Dr. Melnea Cass,” National Parks of Boston, National Park Service, September 2020
Courses taught by Mia Michael
Winter Term 2024 (future)
- HIS1400 - The World Since 1945
- HIS5290 - American Labor History
- HIS7290 - Readings in American Labor History
- ECO5490 - American Labor History