Dr. Leslie Schuster

Leslie Schuster
Department, Office, or School
Department of History
  • Professor

Dr. Schuster’s teaching focuses on European social and labor history and how shifts in work processes and industrial processes in the US and Europe affected work and working-class families. She served for 13 years as Dean of Graduate Studies, supporting RIC’s graduate students and graduate programs. She is the director of RIC’s Gender and Women’s Studies program and in the summer of 2023 becomes FYS Coordinator.


B.A. Roosevelt University
M.A., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Selected Publications

"Working Class Students and Historical Inquiry: Transforming Learning in the Classroom," The History
, v. 41, n. 2, February 2008, 163-178.

A Workforce Divided: Community, Labor and the State in Saint-Nazaire's Shipbuilding Industry, 1880-1910,
Greenwood Press, 2002.

"Changer l'industrie navale: mouvement ouvrier et relations sociales," Revue d'Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, Octobre/Decembre 2005.

"Workers and Community: The Case of the Peat-Cutters and the Shipbuilding Industry in Saint-Nazaire," Journal of Social History, summer 1994, 777-798.

Works in Progress:

“The Trignac Strike of 1894: Competing Representations and Hidden Transcripts”

A study about a college course that articulates working-class values and the impact for those students on college success.


HIST 282 Historical Matters II: Historical Research
HIST 308 Europe in Age of Revolt 1789-1850
HIST 309 Eur In Age of Nationalism1850-1914
HIST 521 Topics in Comparative History
HIST 571 Graduate Reading Course in History
FYS 100: Class Matters
GEND 100 Gender and Society
GEND 400 Field Experience in Gender and Women's Studies

Work in Progress

“The Trignac Strike of 1894: Competing Representations and Hidden Transcripts” ​​

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