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Hulden, Vilja Instructor


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research overview

  • 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



courses taught

  • HIST 3020 Historical Thinking & Writing (Spring 2019)
  • HIST 3846 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • HIST 4435 From the Cold War to the Counterculture: U.S. History 1945-73 (Spring 2019)
  • FYSM 1000 First Year Seminar (Fall 2018)
  • HIST 3846 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • HIST 4726 A Nation of Immigrants: Immigration in American History (Fall 2018)
  • HIST 1015 American History to 1865 (Spring 2018)
  • HIST 3846 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • HIST 4166 The Vietnam War in Politics and Culture (Spring 2018)
  • HIST 4990 History Lab: Methods, Sources, and Practices of the Past (Spring 2018)

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