Professor Suarez is a labor and intellectual historian of the late nineteenth and twentieth century United States. His current book project—tentatively titled, The Labor of Liberty: Work and the Problem of Freedom in American History—explores how the transformations of work have shaped debates over the meaning of freedom since the abolition of slavery in the United States. In addition to his book project, he is also working on two historiographical essays: one that examines global histories of wage labor before the rise of industrial capitalism and another that explores how scholars since the end of the Cold War have historicized the development and political fate of the notion of freedom as collective self-rule from Greek Antiquity to the modern era. Professor Suarez currently teaches courses on U.S. labor history and modern global political economy. His writing has appeared in Dissent and Tropics of Meta, where he serves as an associate editor. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University.


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  • Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 2019
  • M.A., History, Princeton University, 2014
  • M.A., Human Rights Studies, Columbia University, 2009
  • B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007

  • Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History (Georgia State University); Sam Fishman Travel Grant, Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs (Wayne State University); John Edwin Pomfret Fellowship (Princeton University); Davis Prize (Princeton University).

  • U.S. Labor History
  • Intellectual History
  • U.S. Economic History
  • U.S. Political History
  • Global History of Work

  • Intellectual History of Work
  • 20th Century U.S. Political Economy

  • “Work and the American Moral Imagination, 1940-1996,” Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.
  • “Deindustrializing the Good Life: Work, Automation, and Subaltern Visions of Freedom in Post-World War II United States,” Department of History, Yale University, December 10, 2020.

  • LHIS 601 – U.S. Labor History
  • LABR 302 – Contemporary Labor Issues: The Future of Work

  • The Labor and Working-Class History Association