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Andrea Ringer, PhD

Andrea Ringer is an Atlantic World scholar, with a focus on the history of transnational workers. Her current project asks questions about the circus as a workplace and the history of its migrant laborers.  Using more than a dozen archives from across the country, interviews, trade journals, and hundreds of local newspapers, her work explores how the relevancy of the circus depended on the blurred lines between worker and performer.  Her previous publications explore punitive justice and prison privatization, and she currently has two articles on circus workers currently in revision.


PhD, History, University of Memphis

MA, Public History, University of Arkansas- Little Rock

BA, History, Texas A&M University

Courses Taught

Global Culture in History, American History I

Research Interests

Atlantic World, Labor and Working-Class History, Cultural History, Migration and Diaspora, Global History, History of Capitalism, Public History

Selected Publications

“My Lady Vaudeville and Her White Rats,” Teaching Labor’s Story, (forthcoming)

“’Because it is cheaper and better’: 1980s Corrections Policies and Prison Privatization in Tennessee,” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Summer 2018