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Thomas Krainz

  • Associate Professor
  • ​​PhD, University of Colorado

  • History
  • Faculty
  • ​​Gilded Age and Progressive Era, American West, Social History​

  • 773-325-1769
  • SAC 417


PhD​​, Uni​​​​versity of Colorado 


​​​Tom Krainz has ​​​published on social welfare, disability policy, disasters, and refugees in the Journal of Policy HistoryDisabilities Studies QuarterlyPacific Northwest Quarterly, and the Pacific Historical Review. His articles have won the Ray Allen Billington Award, the Michael P. Malone Award, and the Ellis Hawley Prize. He is the author of Delivering Aid: Implementing Progressive Era Welfare in the American West (2005). He is completing the monograph Refugees: Caring for Displaced People in Progressive Era America. His current book-length research examines the rise and fall of work-relief programs (moving the unemployed from welfare to jobs) from the 1890s through the 1980s. ​


Dr. Krainz teaches classes o​n the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 20th Century American West, Poverty and Welfare in the US, Westward Expansion, US Women's History, Refugees, Catholic Social Justice, and 19th and 20th Centuries US History.