Professor Vilja Hulden focuses on U.S. labor and social history, using traditional archival research as well as digital humanities approaches like text mining, machine learning, and social network analysis.
Professor Hulden teaches courses on the Vietnam War, as well as on the twentieth-century United States more broadly. She often integrates digital projects into courses and encourages students to take their projects beyond the traditional essay format. Some of the courses she offers include: "From the Cold War to the Counterculture," "The Vietnam Wars," "A Nation of Immigrants," a first year seminar called "Immigrant Colorado."
Professor Hulden received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona, where her studies were supported by a Fulbright fellowship. Her dissertation won the Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation from the Labor and Working Class History association as well as the Best Dissertation prize from the journal Labor History. Her book manuscript examines the deep history of "right to work" as an anti-union slogan, and argues that debates over who should govern at the workplace have crucially shaped American ideas about governance, democratic participation, and the relationship between individual rights and collective action. She is also active in digital humanities research and regularly presents her work at digital humanities conferences. Her most recent digital project, early results of which were published in Current Research in Digital History 2019, constructs a computational analysis of representation of labor and business at Congressional hearings since 1877. For more information, visit Professor Hulden's website.
Professor Hulden does not accept M.A. or Ph.D. students.