Field: United States; Advisor: Mae Ngai; Year: 2010
Nick Juravich is a doctoral student in US History studying education, social movements, labor organizing, and metropolitan development in the twentieth century. His dissertation, "A Classroom Revolution: Community Educators and the Transformation of School and Work in American Cities, 1953-1981" analyzes the creation and development of programs that brought thousands of working-class women into public schools as community-based educators in the 1960s and 1970s. "A Classroom Revolution" explores the lives and labor of these educators and the ways they shaped, and were shaped by, public schools, freedom struggles, antipoverty policy, and the labor movement. Nick's research at Columbia has been funded by the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2010-2014) and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (2014-2015).
In conjunction with his dissertation research, Nick is a contributor to the Educating Harlem project at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has presented for the Paraprofessional Program at SUNY-Empire State College and contributed to the Labor and Working-Class History Association's Teacher/Public Sector Initiative and the American Federation of Teachers #AFT100 documentary. From 2014-2015, he served as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at Metropolitan College of New York.
In addition to his dissertation, Nick writes and presents widely on urban history, politics, and inequality in the twentieth century. His essays and reviews have been published by the Journal of Urban History, the Gotham Center for New York City History (where he serves as an Associate Editor), Urban Omnibus, the New York Observer, the Huffington Post, Tropics of Meta, and Dissent.
Nick is committed to promoting public engagement in historical scholarship, and has participated in multiple public history projects while at Columbia. These include the Columbia/LEAP Teaching American History Program in the Bronx (2011-2013), the Institution for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality's IRWGS Oral History Project (2014-2015), and "East of East: Mapping Community Narratives in South El Monte and El Monte," for which he has contributed essays and blog posts to KCET Departures and the American Historical Association's AHA Today Blog.
Nick received his BA in History with honors from the University of Chicago in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History with distinction for his master's thesis on the transnational origins of black British equality movements. He lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where he ran around schoolyards with students as a health and fitness educator before coming to Columbia.