Joel Berger

I joined the US History PhD program in 2019.


My research focuses on the history of US public sector workers – especially teachers’ unions – race, and political economy in the second half of the twentieth century. Before coming to Georgetown, I taught in Detroit for nine years and organized with the Detroit Federation of Teachers, where I served as an elected member of the union’s executive board from 2017 to 2019. I earned BAs in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan, graduating in 2010.