Nick Juravich was born and raised in Massachusetts and is a proud product of the state’s public school system. Assistant Professor Juravich also serves as the associate director of the Labor Resource Center at UMass Boston.
Area of Expertise
Professor Juravich’s research interests include labor history, public history, urban history, the history of education, and the history of social movements in the twentieth-century United States. He teaches courses on labor and working-class history, public history and public memory, the history of public schooling, and the history of Greater Boston.
PhD (History) Columbia University
MPhil (Economic and Social History) University of Oxford
BA (History) University of Chicago
Professional Publications & Contributions
Before coming to UMass Boston, Nick was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society, where he curated the exhibition Ladies Garments, Women’s Work, Women’s Activism and co-developed a series of workshops for educators on the history of school segregation and movements for educational equality in New York City.
Nick’s research is focused on the history of public education, community organizing, and public-sector unions in U.S. cities in the 20th century. His first book, The Work of Education: Community-Based Educators in Schools, Freedom Struggles, and the Labor Movement is a study of paraprofessional educators and their struggles for jobs and freedom in urban public schools. Under advance contract with University of Illinois Press in the Working Class in American History series, The Work of Education explores the creation and development of this new category of educational work—performed today by over 1.3 million people nationwide—and the lives and labor of those who did it.
In addition to his research and teaching, he continues to practice public history as a contributor to several ongoing projects. These include the Harlem Education History Project at Teachers College, Columbia University; the East of East project of the South El Monte Arts Posse; the Women and the American Story curriculum guide at New-York Historical Society; and the Teaching Labor’s Story project of the Labor and Working-Class History Association.
Nick’s research and public history work have been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Metropolitan College of New York, the Labor and Working-Class History Association, the History of Education Society, and the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University.