James P. Kraft

Professor and Graduate Chair

U.S.: Business and Labor,

American West


Office: Sakamaki B411/A203
Phone: (808) 956-6763 / 956-8358

Email: jkraft@hawaii.edu | gradhist@hawaii.edu


BA Texas-Austin, 1974; MA California State-Los Angeles, 1985; PhD Southern California, 1990


Representative publications:

  • Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960-1985 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)

  • Stage to Studio: Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950 (Baltimore, 1996).

  • "Manufacturing: Expansion, Consolidation, and Decline," The Electric Guitar: History of an American Icon (Baltimore, 2004).

  • "Business, Labor and Technology in America, 1890-1950," Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century Braun, ed. (Baltimore, 2003).

  • "Artists as Workers: Musicians and Trade Unionism in America, 1880-1917," Musical Quarterly (1995).

  • "Musicians in Hollywood: Work and Technological Change in Entertainment Industries, 1926-1940," Technology and Culture (1994).

  • "The 'Pit' Musicians: Mechanization in the Movie Theaters, 1927-1932," Labor History (1994).

Stage to Studio