EDUCATION Ph.D. American History. University of Colorado at Boulder. Graduation: May, 2010
Emphasis: U.S. Labor, Immigration, and Irish American History
Dissertation: Michael Mooney and the Leadville Irish: Respectability and Resistance at 10,200 Feet, 1875-1900.
This work tracks the paths of Irish miners as they crossed North America from mining camp to mining camp. In addition to looking at labor wars and inter-ethnic relationships, this work focuses on everyday life for those Irish men and women who chose to seek their fortune in Colorado mining camps. This social history is based upon family oral tradition, census reports, immigration records, church records, and newspaper archives.
M.A. American History. University of Colorado at Denver, December 1996
Emphasis: Urban Race Relations, Irish-American History, Denver’s Chicano History.
Minor emphasis: Latin America and the borderlands
Thesis:Young and Latino in a Cold War Barrio: Survival, the Search for Identity, and the Formation of Street Gangs in Denver, 1945-1955.
This work is a social history of Denver's Latino youth gangs, focusing on their confrontations with the city's mainstream media and criminal justice system. It is based upon personal interviews with former gang members, city and police records, newspaper accounts of barrio violence, and surveys and reports conducted during these years on Denver's Latino community.
B.A. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, May 1989
Ignatian Faculty Scholars Program, Regis University. 2007-2008. This certificate program focuses on providing participants with a solid foundation for understanding the Jesuit
philosophy of education and applying these values to the classroom.
Advanced Oral History Summer Institute, through the Regional Oral History Office in Berkeley, California, Summer 2004
Naropa University, 1990, Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics. Summer writing program run by “beatnik poets” such as Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Gary Snyder.
TEACHING Senior Instructor. Department of Political Science. University of Colorado at Denver
Political Science Courses Taught (2013-present):
Power and Empowerment
Poverty and Politics
Irish in America
History Courses Taught (1998-2013):
“Paths to the Present,” an introduction to the discipline of history
Adjunct Instructor. University of Denver, 2000-2002
U.S. Labor History
U.S. History Survey
PROFESSIONAL and CREATIVE ACTIVITIES Founder and Facilitator, Romero Theater Troupe, 2005-present. Organize and direct an all-
volunteer community theater troupe whose mission is to bring non-traditional history and stories
of struggles for social justice to working class audiences through theater.
Other activities of the troupe include:
Theater and personal narrative workshops each year to various community
organizations such as homeless shelters and elder care facilities.
Partnerships with University of Denver School of Law providing actors for
role playing for Public Defender Program.
Theatrical Presentations for major academic conferences such as the American
Sociological Association, Oral History Association, and National Education
Leading Community Storytelling Projects that empower community members to
share important narratives and to advocate for social justice efforts. These
include a program for returning veterans, various efforts for workers’ rights, and a
project at local middle and high schools to empower students to share personal
narratives on stage.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_Hx5iK8hHE Humanities Scholar and Coach for Young Chautauqua Program, Colorado Humanities, 2005-present. Work with and support teachers and students in local Middle and High Schools as they prepare theatrical performances of historical characters. Assist teachers with the use of theater to teach history.
Historical Theater workshops for Denver Public Schools history/social studies teachers on
strategies for using theater in the classroom. 2004-present.
Consulting Historian for Facing History, 2012-present. Conduct workshops for educators on
Labor and Immigration History.
Regis University Service Trip to Appalachia, December 2011. Consulting facilitator for ten day trip for nursing students through West Virginia, focusing on health care systems, history, environment, and social justice related issues in the region.
Regis University Delegation to El Salvador, January 2010. Accompanied six students and other Regis faculty on a ten day journey through El Salvador focusing on history of political and ethnic violence and economic exploitation, as well as reconciliation efforts.
Regis University Service Oriented Field Experience to Ireland, March 2009. Designed Ireland SOFE and facilitated seventeen Regis graduate students in nonprofit management in Dublin, Derry, and Galway focusing on nonprofit work and peace and reconciliation efforts in Ireland.
Consulting Historian, Americorp “Civics Troupe” program, 2004-2006. Supervised and directed the efforts of twelve Americorp volunteers in putting together a theatrical production that deals with historical issues surrounding the U.S. Constitution. The Civics Troupe performed their historical theater across the state of Colorado.
State Coordinator, Colorado History Day, 1999.
Organized State competition and worked directly with teachers and students around the state in support of their projects.
COMMITTEES and BOARDS Serve on Advisory Board for Longview High School, an alternative High School in Jefferson County School District. 2011-present
Serve on Executive Board for Colorado Progressive Coalition. 2013-present
Serve on Committee for the Creation of Leading Lives That Matter, new signature course for all students in Regis College for Professional Studies. 2011-12.
Serve on Social Justice Signature Faculty Committee at University of Colorado Denver. 2010-present.
Served on Assessment Committee for Diversity Courses at University of Colorado Denver. 2011-12
Chaired Committee for Academic Unit Review of Liberal Arts program for Regis College for Professional Studies. Assessed Liberal Arts program from 2005-2011.
Served on Local Advisory Committee for Oral History Association, Denver, Colorado. 2011.
Served on Local Advisory Committee for Western History Associaton, Denver, Colorado,
ACHIEVEMENTS and AWARDS
2014-15. Scholar in Residence. Steelworks Museum. Bessemer Historical Society, Pueblo.
2014. UCD Rosa Parks Diversity Award.
2014. UCD President’s Diversity Award Commendation.
2003-2009. Historian in Residence for Association of Personal Historians 2006. Golden Key Honor Society, Honorary Member. UCD Chapter.
2003. Regis University Excellence in Teaching Award 2002-2003. Thomas J. Meier Fellow. Annual fellowship awarded by the Boulder Historical Society in support of scholarship on local history
2002. University of Colorado at Denver, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. 2002. Regis University Excellence in Teaching Award 2002. Ancient Order of Hibernians Research Award. Given in support of research on local Irish American history
PUBLICATIONs Walsh, J.P., “Michael Mooney and the Leadville Miners’ Strike of 1880,” in Irish Migrants in New Communities: Seeking the Fair Land, edited by Michael OhAodha and Mairtin O’Cathain. Rowman Littlefield, Lexington Books, 2014.
Walsh, J.P., Tom Noel, and Dennis Gallagher. Irish Denver. Arcadia Press. February 2012. Walsh, J.P. 2012.
Walsh, J.P., “Dreams From the Podium,” Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, Vol.1, No.1:125-133. www.jesuithighereducation.org/index.php/jhe/article/view/15
Walsh, J.P. 2010. “The Irish Road to Leadville,” Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland Journal, Spring 2010.
Walsh, J.P. 2007. “The Leadville Irish,” Celtic Connection Journal, March 2007.
PRESENTATIONS at PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES Walsh, J.P. June 2014. Defending the Public in Public Schools. Romero Theater Troupe presentation at National Council for Urban Education Association Conference, Denver, Colorado.
Walsh, J.P. June 2014. From Classroom to Stage to the Streets, Organic Theater as a Tool for Pedagogy and Organizing. Working Class Studies Association Conference, Stony Brook, New York.
Walsh, J.P. August 2013. Which Side Are You On?, Romero Theater Troupe performance at American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Conference, Denver Colorado.
Walsh, J.P. August 2012. People’s History of Colorado, Romero Theater Troupe play presented at American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado.
Walsh, J.P. October 2011. People’s History of Colorado, Romero Theater Troupe play presented at Oral History Association Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado.
Walsh, J.P. October 2010. Lifting Borders (Presentation on the work of the Romero Theater Troupe) Peace and Justice Conference: Healing Wounds Through Story. Denver, Colorado.
Walsh, J.P. March 2010. Denver’s Romero Theater Troupe: Organic Theater, Public History, and Engaging the Working Class. National Council on Public History, Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.
Walsh, J.P. June 2009. Denver's Romero Theater Troupe: Organic Theater and Social Justice. Working Class Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Walsh, J.P. November 2008. The Song of Work: Exploring American Labor History
Through Folk Songs. Association of Personal Historians Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Walsh, J.P. October 2008. “My Great Grandmother was a Communist!” Tales from Ten
Years of Using Oral Tradition to Mine the Past, Ignite the Classroom, and Engage Minds
In the Joy of History. Oral History Association Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Walsh, J.P. June 2008. Recovering Lost Histories in Working Class Students Through
Exploring Family Oral Tradition. How Class Works, Annual Conference of Working Class
Studies Association, SUNY-Stony Brook.
Walsh, J.P. May 2008. ‘What Do You Mean You Never Knew Any of This Before!’:
Leading Irish American Students to a Better Understanding of Their Ancestry Through
An Exploration of Oral Tradition. Canadian Association for Irish Studies, University of
Walsh, J.P. November 2007. Keynote Address. Expressing Personal History Through Theater. Association of Personal Historians Conference, Franklin, Tennessee.
Walsh, J.P. November 2007. Paper presentation. Using Folk Songs as a Time Machine. Association of Personal Historians Conference, Franklin, Tennessee.
Walsh, J.P. October, 2007. Paper presentation. Designing and Teaching Irish American History in the Rocky Mountain West. American Conference for Irish Studies-West Region,
University of Missouri Kansas City.
Walsh, J.P. June, 2007. Paper presentation. Mollies in the Rockies: Michael Mooney and the Great Leadville Strike of 1880. Canadian Association for Irish Studies, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
Walsh, J.P. June, 2007. Paper presentation. Denver’s Romero Troupe: Community Theater as a Tool for Social Justice. Working Class Studies Association Conference, Macalaster College, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Walsh, J.P. October, 2006. Paper presentation. The Role of Irish Labor in the Anti-Chinese Riots of the 1880s. American Conference for Irish Studies, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon.
Walsh, J.P. April, 2006. “Listening to Ghosts: The Use of Family Oral Tradition to Break Down Ethnic Stereotypes and Engage Students in Embracing a More Personal Diversity,” Red Rocks Community College Diversity Conference, Golden, Colorado.
Walsh, J.P. June, 2005. Paper presentation. Irish Miners, From Beara to Leadville. Mining History Association Conference, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Walsh, J.P. June, 2005. Paper presentation. Helen Donovan and Sadie McGary: the Struggles of Irish Women in Nineteenth Century North American Mining Camps. Canadian Association for Irish Studies Conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland.
Walsh, J. P. May, 2005. Paper presentation. Michael Mooney and the Cloud City Miners’ Union. Northwest Labour History Association, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Walsh, J.P. April, 2005. Paper presentation. The Irish in 19th Century Colorado. American Conference for Irish Studies, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana.
Walsh, J.P. October, 2005. Paper presentation. Chasing Ghosts: Using Family Oral Tradition in the Teaching of History. Association of Personal Historians Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Walsh, J. P. October, 2004. Paper presentation. Twentieth Century U.S. From Below Through Folk and Labor Music. Association of Personal Historians Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
Walsh, J.P. October, 2004. Paper presentation. Michael Mooney and the Great Leadville Strike of 1880. North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, Michigan.
Walsh, J. P. October, 2004. Paper presentation. Irish Culture in Nineteenth Century Colorado. American Conference for Irish Studies, Greeley, Colorado.
Walsh J.P. October, 2004. Panel Moderator. Challenged Identities. American Conference for Irish Studies, Greeley, Colorado.
Walsh, J.P. July, 2004. Paper presentation. The Leadville Irish. International Irish Studies Conference, Liverpool, England.
Walsh, J.P. September, 2003. Paper presentation. The Leadville Irish. American Conference for Irish Studies, Boise Idaho.
Walsh, J.P. April, 2003. Paper presentation. The Shanty Irish in 19th Century Colorado. Celtic Representations Conference, Boulder, Colorado.
Walsh, J. P. October, 1996. Paper presentation. Street Justice and Survival in a Cold War Barrio; The Emergence of Chicano Street Gangs in Denver. Latin American Studies Association, Austin, Texas.