Daniel Clark

Daniel Clark

Title:  Associate Professor
Office: 407 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3532
Fax: (248) 370-3528
Email: djclark@oakland.edu


Ph.D., Duke University

Major Fields:

American Labor History, Twentieth-Century U.S. Social History


My main area of expertise is U.S. Labor History. Combining oral history and internal company documents, my book, Like Night and Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town (University of North Carolina Press, 1997), explored what unionization meant to workers and managers at cotton mills in a North Carolina community during the 1940s and 1950s. My current research focuses on autoworkers in the metropolitan Detroit region during the 1950s. I have donated the oral history recordings and transcripts that form the backbone of this project to the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit, where they are available for researchers.

I regularly teach courses on U.S. Labor and Cold War America as well as undergraduate and graduate research seminars. I also teach courses about Detroit labor history and oral history methodology.

To complement teaching and research, I like to run, especially in relay races that involve mud bogs.


The Elusive Post-War Boom: Metro-Detroit Auto Workers, 1945-60 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, under contract).

Like Night and Day: Unionization in a Southern Mill Town (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997)