Photo of Dr Jennifer Luff.

Photo of Dr Jennifer Luff.

Jennifer Luff is a historian of politics and labour in the US and the UK, with special interests in the history of working-class conservatism; transnational working-class politics; civil liberties and state repression; machine politics; and political organizing. Her 2012 book Commonsense Anticommunism explored American labour anticommunism, civil liberties, and working-class conservatism in the interwar period. She has also published on workplace theft and the history of American detectives. Her current research examines British anticommunism and the “secret state” before the Cold War. She has held research fellowships at New York University, University of California, Los Angeles, and the Newberry Library.

At Durham, she teaches on the history of American capitalism, Progressivism, and the Introduction to Modern History for MA students.

At Georgetown University, Jennifer led a digital history project that engaged undergraduate students and local activists in documenting the history of janitors in Washington, D.C., and she is especially interested to pursue public digital history projects in the UK.

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Books Authored

Essays in edited volumes

Journal papers: academic