Professor Andrew Urban joined Rutgers in the fall of 2010 as an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow. He received his PhD in History from the University of Minnesota in 2009, and previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the Transforming Community Project at Emory University. His forthcoming book, Contract and Servitude: Migration and the Political Economy of Domestic Labor in the United States, 1850-1924 (NYU Press, 2016), examines how immigration policies, market regulations, and cultural attitudes about servility shaped exchanges between capital and labor in American homes. Professor Urban's second book project will explore how the Hudson River waterfront in Hoboken and Jersey City has been integrated into the global economy and the area's transformation from an industrial waterfront to a strip of land valued for its views, proximity to Manhattan, and favorable tax abatements for commercial and residential development. He is a founding member of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, a collaboration between faculty and students at eleven universities that curated a traveling exhibition on the varied histories and uses of the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba – from its acquisition during the War of 1898, to its use as a detention center for Cuban and Haitian asylum seekers, to its role in the post-9/11 "War on Terror." Recently, he was the author of an op/ed on nj.com addressing the pending civil liberties suit, Hassan v. City of New York, and the impact of NYPD surveillance on Muslim students at Rutgers. His work has also appeared in the Journal of Asian American Studies, Radical History Review, Journal of Policy History, Gender and History, and American Studies.
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