Vilja Hulden's work focuses on American labor and social history around the turn of the twentieth century. Besides traditional historical research, she increasingly makes use of digital humanities approaches like text mining, machine learning, and social network analysis. Dr. Hulden's current main project is a book manuscript provisionally entitled Individual Rights and Collective Action, under contract with the University of Illinois Press. The manuscript examines how it came to be that labor unions are routinely accused of being bad for workers. It does so by focusing on employer, reformer, and union views of the closed or union shop in the period from roughly 1880 to 1930.
labor history, digital humanities, digital scholarship, US history, social history