Professor Max Krochmal

Max Krochmal, Ph.D., is Professor of U.S. History and the Czech Republic Endowed Professor and Director of Justice Studies at the University of New Orleans. A committed scholar-activist, Krochmal is the award-winning author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press) and co-editor of Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas (University of Texas Press). He also directed the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was the Fulbright-García Robles Chair of U.S. Studies at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Previously, Krochmal served as the founding Chair of the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and a history professor at Texas Christian University. In the community, Krochmal collaborates with grassroots social movement organizations and government and nonprofit agencies. He co-chaired the Fort Worth Independent School District Racial Equity Committee and partnered with the district and colleagues to co-author Latinx Studies Curriculum in K-12 Schools: A Practical Guide (TCU Press, Dec. 2022). An OAH Distinguished Lecturer, Krochmal is frequently invited to speak at college campuses, museums, and community gatherings. He is a native of Reno, Nevada, and majored in Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, before earning graduate degrees in History at Duke University.

“Dr. Max,” as he is known by his students, adds: “My research examines coalition-building among African American, Chicanx-Latinx, and white community organizers across the long civil rights era, from the 1930s to the present. I explore how a wide range of activists organized their separate bases and how and why they frequently built alliances across the color line. I weave together traditional written records from buried archives with new oral history interviews. With these sources, I write narrative histories that combine scholarly analysis with accessible prose for popular audiences. My work uses a relational framework to contribute to the separate fields of U.S. African American, Chicanx-Latinx, and labor and working-class histories, to 20th Century U.S. history as a whole, and to the regional histories of the U.S. South and West. I also engage with the interdisciplinary fields of Latinx, African American, and Comparative Ethnic Studies. My teaching draws on this research to create a democratic, inquiry-based learning environment. I offer community-engaged courses on oral history methods and Justice Studies and previously co-founded the TCU Justice Journey, a distinctive experiential-learning course on the African American and Chicanx liberation struggles.”

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