Center Staff

Director 

Eric Arnesen is the Teamsters Professor of History at George Washington University. He earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MA in African-American Studies and a PhD in history from Yale University. A specialist in the history of race, labor, politics, and civil rights, he is the author of two award-winning books — Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality (2001) and Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923 (1991). He is also the author, editor, or co-editor of five other books. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he has published numerous reviews and review essays in the Chicago Tribune, as well as the New Republic, the Nation, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Dissent. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Harvard’s Charles Warren Center, he held the Distinguished Fulbright Chair at Uppsala University in Sweden. Co-chair of the Washington History Seminar at the Wilson Center since 2013, he is completing a biography of A. Philip Randolph.

Contact Eric Arnesen at earnesen@historians.org.

Assistant Director

Rachel Wheatley holds an MA from Georgetown University in the Global, International, and Comparative History with an emphasis in American Political History during the Civil War. She holds a BA from Brigham Young University in History with a minor in Business Management. She has worked for two years in grant administration positions where she managed grant applications and program budgets.

Contact Rachel Wheatley at rwheatley@historians.org.

Program Assistant

Emma Billings is a senior at George Washington University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts. She is studying history and anthropology, specializing in Indigenous and colonial history in North America and the Pacific. She is currently conducting research on the role Indian boarding school newspapers played in assimilation and propaganda efforts.


Staff Accountant                                                                                    

Amin Shaheen handles the Center’s accounting.  He has over 20 years of experience as an accountant.  He started his career with Price Waterhouse, then joined two nonprofits, Population Action International and Children’s National Medical Center and worked his way up to Director of Accounting and Administration for law firm Institute for Justice. This journey gave Amin the knowledge and hands-on management skills needed to start Accounting On Demand in 2002.

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