Paul Lawrie on "Race, Space, and Time in the Making of Urban America"

Dr. Paul Lawrie is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of History and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg. He received his PH.D. (History) from the University of Toronto and was a Post Doctoral Fellow with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Innovation at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Dr. Lawrie researches and teaches in the fields of modern American History, African American, Disability and Urban History. His work has appeared in the Canadian Review of American Studies; Disability Histories, Truth in the Public Sphere; and the Oxford Handbook of Disability History. His recent book Forging a Laboring Race: The African American Worker in the Progressive Imagination, (NYU Press 2016) examines the nexus between industrial management and race science in early 20th century America.

His current project, The Color of Hours: Race, Time and the Making of the Post Industrial City examines how time from the assembly line to curfews and vagrancy statues shaped the temporal and spatial dynamics of racial difference in post industrial urban America. Positing time as both an agent of social change and lived experience provides new perspectives for making sense of the temporal and spatial architecture of racial and socio-economic inequality in the modern city.