Dennis Deslippe’s scholarship and teaching focus primarily on the intersection of politics, law, and twentieth century social protests. He teaches on "Gender at Work," “American Masculinities," and “Ethnic America” as well as “Studying America,” a required course on theory and methods for American Studies majors. In addition he offers his Connections course, “Progress & Its Critics,” on a regular basis.
Deslippe is the author of two books, Protesting Affirmative Action: The Struggle over Equality after the Civil Rights Revolution (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) and “Rights, not Roses”: Unions and the Rise of Working-Class Feminism (University of Illinois Press, 2000). He is the co-editor (with Eric Fure-Slocum and John McKerley) of Civic Labors: Scholar Activism and Working-Class Studies (University of Illinois Press, 2016). In addition, his research essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, Journal of Policy History, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Journal of Women’s History, International Labor and Working-Class History, and the Australasian Journal of American Studies. In support of his research he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, Australian National University Faculty Research Grant, Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Grant, and a Schlesinger Library Research Support Grant. He is an associate professor of American Studies and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Franklin & Marshall College where he has taught since 2006. Before coming to F&M he taught at the Australian National University. Deslippe received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1994.