Jacob Remes is the 2013-2014 William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow at the Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. He is mentor and assistant professor of public affairs and history at SUNY Empire State College, in the Brooklyn Unit of the Metropolitan Center. He received his Ph.D. in history from Duke University in 2010. He studies the working-class and labor history of North America, with a focus on urban disasters, working-class organizations, and migration. His manuscript, Disaster Citizenship: Urban Disasters and the Formation of the North American Progressive State, is under contract to the University of Illinois Press. It examines the overlapping responses of individuals, families, civil society, and the state to the Salem, Mass., Fire of 1914, and the Halifax, N.S., Explosion of 1917. The dissertation on which it is based won the Herbert G. Gutman Prize and Eugene A. Forsey Prize. His popular writing has appeared in The Nation, Salon, Alternet, Truthout, and the (Raleigh) News and Observer. He received his B.A. in history from Yale University in 2002 and a M.A. in history from Duke in 2006.