Rick Halpern

Rick Halpern



Rick Halpern is a social historian whose work has focused on race and labour in a number of national and international contexts.  He has written about meat and meatpacking, sugar and plantations, and regionalism.  Currently he is researching the use of photography in documenting foodways.  He is the Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies and, until July 2015, was the Dean at UTSC and a founder of the Culinaria Research Centre. 


“Solving the ‘Labor Problem’: Race, Work, and the State in the Sugar Industries of Louisiana and Natal, 1870-1910,” Journal of Southern African Studies  30:1 (March 2004).

“Not a Sack of Potatoes: Why Labor Historians Need to Take Agriculture Seriously,” International Labor and Working Class History 65 (Spring 2004).

Down on the Killing Floor: Black and White Workers in Chicago’s Packinghouses, 1904-1954 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997).

Meatpackers: An Oral History of Black Packinghouse Workers and Their Struggle for Racial and Economic Equality (NY: Twayne, 1996). [co-author]