Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Robert Korstad is Professor of Public Policy and History at Duke University. He received his B.A. and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His research interests include twentieth century U. S. history, labor history, African American history, and contemporary social policy, and he is the Associate Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity.
His publications include: To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America; (coauthor, University of North Carolina Press, 2010); Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South (University of North Carolina Press, 2003); Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk About Life in the Segregated South (coeditor, The New Press, 2001); Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (coauthor, University of North Carolina Press, revised edition, 2000).
Senior Fellow. Kenan Institute for Ethics. March 2010
Voting Rights in the United States awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Collaborator). 2017 to 2019
Challenging the Master Narrative of the Civil Rights Movement awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018
J. Kirk Felsman Program on Children in Adversity: Felsman Fellowships awarded by Bernard Van Leer Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016
Fund for Social Entrepreneurship awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 2001
(96-0531) Hart Leadership Fellows Program awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1996
Korstad, RR, and Leloudis, JL. To right these wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the battle to end poverty and inequality in 1960s America. January 1, 2010.
Korstad, RR. Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South. Univ of North Carolina Press, 2003.
Chafe, WH, Gavins, R, and Korstad, R. Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Talk About Life in the Segregated South. New Press, January 1, 2001.
Korstad, R, and Jones, LA. Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World. Univ of North Carolina Press, 2000.
Korstad, R. "Curing my historical schizophrenia." In Becoming Southern Writers: Essays in Honor of Charles Joyner, 135-138. January 1, 2016.
Korstad, R. "Could History Repeat Itself? The Prospects for a Second Reconstruction in Post-World War II South Carolina." In Toward the Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement of South Carolina during the Twentieth Century. University of South Carolina Press, 2008. (Chapter)
Korstad, R. "Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty." JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY 76, no. 3 (August 2010): 789-790.
Korstad, RR. "Civil Rights Unionism and the Black Freedom Struggle." American Communist History 8, no. 2 (December 2008): 255-258. (Academic Article)
Korstad, RR. "Child Labor." Tar Heel Junior Historian 39 (October 1999): 28-30. (Academic Article)
James Leloudis, . "Citizen Soldiers: The North Carolina Volunteers and the War on Poverty." Law and Contemporary Problems 62 (1999): 177-197. (Academic Article)
Griffin, LJ, and Korstad, RR. "Historical inference and event-structure analysis." International Review of Social History 43, no. 6 (1998): 145-165.
Griffin, LJ. "Class as Race and Gender: Making and Breaking a Labor Union in the Jim Crow South." Social Science History 19 (December 1995): 425-454. (Academic Article)
KORSTAD, R. "THE POSSIBILITIES FOR RACIAL EGALITARIANISM, CONTEXT MATTERS." INTERNATIONAL LABOR AND WORKING-CLASS HISTORY, no. 44 (1993): 41-44.
Korstad, RR. "Documentary projects for refugee and displaced children in Southern Africa." Journal of Social Development in Africa 8, no. 2 (1993): 61-72.
Fee, E, and Korstad, RR. "Women health workers: Past and present." American Journal of Public Health 82, no. 2 (1992): 165-166.
Fee, E, and Korstad, RR. "Understanding history to shape the future - The new editors' vision." American Journal of Public Health 81, no. 6 (1991): 781-782.
Korstad, R. "The color of work: The struggle for civil rights in the Southern paper industry, 1945-1980." JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY 69, no. 1 (February 2003): 226-227. (Review)