Professor Timothy

Professor Timothy Minchin

Professor of North American History

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Archaeology and History

DMB E119, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

MA (St Andrews), PhD (Cambridge), FAHA.

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Fellow, Academy of the Humanities in Australia.

Area of study

History

Brief profile

Professor Minchin joined the program in 2004 as a Senior Lecturer and was promoted to Reader and Associate Professor in 2006 and Professor in 2010. Professor Minchin's research interests are in twentieth-century U.S. History, particularly the history of the southern states, civil rights history, and labour history.

Research interests

North American History

- North American history

Teaching units

  • HIS2/3UCR - US Civil Rights Movement 1954-1968.
  • HIS2 ANA – Anarchists, Terrorists and Freedom Fighters.

Recent publications

Selected Publications: Books:

  • Timothy J. Minchin 2017, Labor Under Fire: A History of the AFL-CIO since 1979, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2013, Empty Mills: The Fight Against Imports and the Decline of the U.S. Textile Industry. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. and John A. Salmond 2011, After the Dream: Black and White Southerners since 1965. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. Selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice, the journal of the American Library Association in 2011.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2007, From Rights to Economics: The Ongoing Struggle for Black Equality in the U.S. South. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2005, Fighting Against the Odds: A History of Southern Labor Since World War II. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. Selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice, the journal of the American Library Association in 2005.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2005, ‘Don't Sleep With Stevens!': The J.P. Stevens Campaign and the Struggle to Organize the South, 1963-80. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2003, Forging a Common Bond: Labor and Environmental Activism in the BASF Lockout. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 1999, Hiring the Black Worker: The Racial Integration of the Southern Textile Industry, 1960-1980. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press. Winner of the Richard A. Lester Prize in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics, Princeton University.

Selected Publications: Major Articles:

  • Minchin, Timothy J. “When Kia came to Georgia: Southern Transplants and the Growth of America’s “Other” Automakers,” The Journal of Southern History 83:4 (November 2017), pp. 889-930.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. “Showdown at Nissan: The 1989 Campaign to Organize Nissan in Smyrna, Tennessee, and the Rise of the Transplant Sector,” Labor History 58:3 (July 2017), pp. 396-422.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. "A Pivotal Role? The AFL-CIO and the 2008 Presidential Election," Labor History 57:3 (July 2016), pp. 299-322. Winner of the prize for the best article published in Labor History in 2016 on a U.S. topic. 
  • Minchin, Timothy J. " 'An Historic Upset': Herman Talmadge's 1980 Senate Defeat and the End of a Political Dynasty," Georgia Historical Quarterly 99:3 (Fall 2015), pp. 156-197.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. "Together We Shall Be Heard: Exploring the 1981 'Solidarity Day' Mass March," Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 12:3 (September 2015), pp. 75-96.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. " 'A Sharp Break from the Recent Past'?: Assessing the Rise in Interracial Marriage in the Contemporary United States," Australasian Journal of American Studies 32:1 (July 2013), pp. 27-52. Winner of the James Holt Award for the best article published in the Australasian Journal of American Studies over the previous two years. 
  • Minchin, Timothy J. “The Crompton Closing: Imports and the Decline of America’s Oldest Textile Company,” Journal of American Studies 47:1 (February 2013), pp. 231-260.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. “‘It Knocked This City to Its Knees’: The Closure of Pillowtex Mills in Kannapolis, North Carolina and the Decline of the U.S. Textile Industry,” Labor History 50:3 (August 2009), pp. 287-311. Winner of the prize for the best article published in Labor History in 2009 on a U.S. topic.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2008, ‘Making Best Use of the New Laws: The NAACP and the Fight for Civil Rights in the South, 1965-1975’. Journal of Southern History 74(3): 669-702.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2008, ‘One America?: Church Burnings and Perceptions of Race Relations in the Clinton Years’. Australasian Journal of American Studies 27(2): 1-28. Winner of the James Holt Award, awarded by the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association, for the best article in their Australasian Journal of American Studies over the previous two years.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2008, ‘An Uphill Fight: Ernest F. Hollings and the Struggle to Protect the South Carolina Textile Industry, 1959-2005’. South Carolina Historical Magazine 109(3): 187-211.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2006, ‘Beyond the Dominant Narrative: The Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights in the U.S. South, 1968-1980’. Australasian Journal of American Studies 25(1): 65-86.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. 2006, ‘The Milledgeville Spy Case and the Struggle to Organize J.P. Stevens’. Georgia Historical Quarterly 90(1): 96-122.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. "'Don't Sleep With Stevens!': The J.P. Stevens Boycott and Social Activism in the 1970s," Journal of American Studies 39:3 (2005), pp. 511-543.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. “ ‘A Brand New Shining City’: Floyd B. McKissick Sr. and the Struggle to Build Soul City, North Carolina,” North Carolina Historical Review 82:2 (April 2005), pp. 1-31.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. “Organizing a Labor Law Violator: The J.P. Stevens Campaign and the Struggle to Unionize the US South, 1963-1983,” International Review of Social History 50 (2005), pp. 27-51.
  • Minchin, Timothy J. " 'It tears the heart right out of you': Memories of Striker Replacement at International Paper Company in De Pere, Wisconsin, 1987-88,” Oral History Review 31:2 (Summer-Fall 2004), pp. 1-27.

Research projects

Professor Minchin is completing a study of the foreign-owned automotive sector in the U.S., funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2016-2018).

Graduate Supervision Areas and Topics

Professor Minchin can supervise in most aspects of North American history since the Civil War era, and La Trobe has excellent library resources in North American history. He currently acts or has acted as principal supervisor for the following students:

  • Holly Wilson (Ph.D.) "Exploring U.S. Bases in Italy, post-World War II" (current candidate).
  • Christopher Simmonds (Ph.D.) “A History of the 1980 U.S. Presidential Election” (current candidate).
  • Jack Fahey (Ph.D.) “Yankee Exploiters Through and Through: Public Reactions to American Power in Modern Australia” (current candidate).
  • Portia Dilena (Ph.D.) “The Role of Emotions in Australian Student Protest, 1955-1975” (current candidate).
  • Ross Brooks (Ph.D.) "The Visual Culture of the Confederacy" (completed 2010).