James N. Gregory is a Professor of History and the Harry Bridges Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington. He is the author of several books and many articles on issues of race, labor, migration, and civil rights. His most recent book The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America (University of North Carolina Press, 2005) won the Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize 2006. American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California (Oxford University Press, 1989) won two major book prizes.
In 2004, Professor Gregory initiated the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, a website that explores the history of civil rights activism and struggles for racial justice in the Seattle region. Based at the University of Washington and featuring contributions by nearly one hundred students and faculty along with scores of people in the community, the project gives Seattle a unique historical resource.