College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth Esch

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 213J
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Research interests: US empire, Working class studies, Race and racism, Transnational studies


Ph.D., History, New York University

M.A., History, New York University

B.A., American Cultures, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • US empire
  • Working class studies
  • Race and racism
  • Transnational studies

Selected Publications

Esch, Elizabeth. The Color Line and the Assembly Line: the Ford Motor Company in Brazil, South Africa and the United States. University of California Press. Forthcoming. American Crossroads.

Esch, Elizabeth, and David Roediger. "Race and the Management of Labour in US History." Theorizing Anti-Racism: Rethinking the Connection between Marxism and Postcolonialism. Ed. Abigail Bakan, Ed. Enakshi Dua. University of Toronto Press, 2014. 340-376.

Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

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The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit to learn more. 

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