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Todd Holmes

I focus on 20th century U.S. political, economic, and labor history, as well as on California and the American West. Amid these broad categories, my attention more times than not is drawn to the various facets of political economy. My dissertation, currently titled The Swing of the Political Pendulum, combines all of these interests by using the strikes and boycotts waged by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers as a lens to examine both the shift and transformation of political economy and party politics between the 1960s and 1980s. My dissertation committee consists of John Mack Faragher and Glenda Gilmore (Co-Directors), Beverly Gage, and Matt Garcia from Arizona State University. I am an active affiliate of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, and the Tobin Project on Political Economy. I also serve as the graduate assistant for the Yale Agrarian Studies Program. Raised in beautiful Northern California, I received a B.A. and M.A. in history from California State University, Sacramento. When not reading or writing history, I enjoy ranting on political talk shows and getting into trouble with my three kids.