Office of the Executive Dean - Brooklyn Campus

Richard Greenwald, Ph.D.

Richard Greenwald, Ph.D., the executive dean of the Brooklyn Campus, is a writer, academic and urbanist. He is a professor of history and sociology. Prior to joining St. Joseph's College, he was professor of history, dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, director of university partnerships and was the founding director of the Business, Society & Culture program at Drew University in Madison, N.J. Trained as a social historian of modern America, Richard’s scholarly interests are economic and urban development, particularly the intersection of the workplace, business and American politics. His most recent book is Labor Rising: The Past and Future of American Workers (2012). He is the author of The Triangle Fire, the Protocols of Peace and Industrial Democracy in Progressive Era New York (2005); Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective (2003); and Exploring America’s Past: Essays in Social and Cultural History (1996). His current book projects include: The Death of 9-5: Permanent Freelancers, Empty Offices and the New Way America Works (Bloomsbury, 2014); and a history of the needle unions with Daniel Katz, titled Woven Together for Justice (supported by a grant for the Hillman Foundation), under contract with The New Press. He has served as associate editor for the scholarly journals Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History and Labor History, and is a member of the editorial boards for the journals Working USA & Labor History and In These Times. Richard was, until recently, the senior editor of the book series Work in the Americas, published by University Press of Florida. He has blogged on workplace issues for In These Times and his essays and articles have appeared in In These Times, The Progressive, BookForum, BusinessWeek, The Brooklyn Rail (where he is a contributing writer), The Rumpus, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal, among other places. He is currently a columnist for the Atlantic Cities Blog (Atlantic Magazine) and the Echoes Blog for Bloomberg. He has served as an expert witness on federal court on workplace issues and consults to a number of New York City cultural institutions.

Richard was born and raised in New York City. He graduated with a B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, and earned a Ph.D. in History from New York University. In his nearly 20-year career in higher education, he has taught at a SUNY campus, a federal service academy and a small, selective liberal arts college. He lives with his wife and their two children in Queens.


The Office of the Executive Dean oversees all the major academic operations within the College, including curriculum, professor workloads and faculty budgets. Brooklyn Campus Executive Dean Richard Greenwald, Ph.D., is responsible for determining which classes are taught, their schedules and professors.

Jill Rehmann, Ph.D., and Linda Fonte serve as associate deans; Angela Diaz, Karen Williams and S. Carole Lessard serve as assistant deans in the dean's office.

Dr. Greenwald can be reached at or by phone at 718.940.5800.

Click here to view a list of Dean Greenwald's writings.

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