Donna Gabaccia and Jeffrey Pilcher

Donna Gabaccia and Jeffrey Pilcher have long shared an interest in the ways that food can studied as a window into the dynamics of immigrants and ethnic cultures.  Both taught at the University of Minnesota, where Donna was also the Executive Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and both are now members of the History faculty at the University of Toronto.  Their materials highlight the histories and transformations of foodways among immigrants and their children, and they will be used in the ESFL’s planned courses which will use food and restaurants to explore immigrant cultures on the East Side.




Hmong  Archives

a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit located inside the East Side Freedom Library


Donna Gabaccia/ Jeffrey Pilcher

Fred Ho

David Montgomery

Peter Rachleff

David Roediger

Matt Witt

Activists Art 2018

Keith Christensen
Leon Wang
Aaron Johnson-Ortiz
Ruthann Godollei


Labor and working-class history and literature

U.S. immigration history

African American and African diasporic history

Asian American and Asian history

Political-economic history, U.S. and global

Women’s history and feminism(s)

Political philosophy

Jazz and radical music history

Historical methods and historiography, including oral history