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Robert Cvornyek

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Academic Background

Ph.D. History, Columbia University, 1993
M.Phil. History, Columbia University, 1981
M.A. History, University of Akron, 1978
B.A. Political Science/History, University of Delaware, 1975

Courses Taught

HIST 202: US Since 1877
HIST 331: Rhode Island History
HIST 334: African American History
HIST 350 Sport in Modern America
HIST 362: Reading Seminar
POL 201: Development of American Democracy
SED 411/412: History/Social Studies Practicum
SED 421: Student Teaching



Boston's Black Tigers: An Intimate History Through the Pages of the Chronicle (forthcoming, to be published in conjunction with an exhibit at the African American Museum in Boston titled "Colored Baseball and Boston'​s Sporting Life," Spring 2012.

Ed., Negro Baseball...Before Integration (Howarth: St. Johann Press, 2006). Originally published by Effa Manley and Leon Hardwick, 1976)

Baseball in Newark (Charleston: Arcadia Press, 2003)

The Black Worker: A Documentary History from Colonial Times to the Present, Volume VIII: The Era Since the AFL-CIO Merger, 1955-1980 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984) with Philip Foner and Ronald Lewis.


'American Foreign Policy at an Impasse: Teaching About Vietnam and the Civil Rights Movement" Perspectives on History (May 2010) with Karl Benziger.

'Effa Manley, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Professional Baseball" in Edward Reilly, Baseball in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching the National Pastime (Jefferson: McFarland Press, 2006)

"Black Sportswriters and the (Re)construction of Negro League Baseball" in William Simons, ed., The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2003-2004 (Jefferson: McFarland, 2005).

"Redefining the Narrative: The Collision of American Foreign and Domestic Policy in 1965" International Journal of the Humanities (Spring, 2005)

"Joe Black: Ain't Nobody Better than You" Rotunda (Fall, 2002).

"Your Bears to Our Bears: Race, Memory, and Baseball in Newark, New Jersey" in William Simons, ed., The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2001 (Jefferson: McFarland, 2001).

"Hidden History: African-American Contributions to the Bible Cause" in African-American Jubilee Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1999).

"I Know Something Awful is Going to Happen: Abortion in Early Twentieth Century Alabama," Southern Studies (Summer, 1985).

"Financing the Dream: The African Civilization Society and White Support," Afro-Americans in New York Life and History (January, 1981).

Encyclopedia Entries

"National Brotherhood Workers of America," "National Association for the Promotion of trade Unionism Among Negroes," and the "Coalition of Black trade Unionists" in Charles Lowry and John Marszalek, eds., Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1992) updated and expanded for revised edition, 2003.


"Providence's Summer of '49": Integrating Baseball Its Way," Providence Journal, July 18, 2010.

"Jimmie Lewis and Black Baseball in Rhode Island," Providence Journal, June 7, 2008.

Curriculum Guides

'Baseball in the Classroom: The Pawtucket Red Sox Curriculum Guide" with Ben Lombardo, Robin Auld, and Kerry Tunnicliffe, located at:�/Pawtucket_Red_Sox_and_RIC_Curriculum_language.pdf.
"The United States on the World Stage: Teaching Post World War II History in the Secondary Classroom" with Karl Benziger.

Contributor, Justice for All: Exploring the Judicial System (Providence: National Broadcasting Company, 2001).

Contributor, Sports and Recreation: A Teacher's Guide to Health, Activities, and Recreation (Providence: National Broadcasting Company, 1998).

Contributor, Rain or Shine: Curriculum Guide Created by Rhode Island College and NBC 10 (Providence: National Broadcasting Company, 1997).

Contributor, We the People, Electing Our Leaders: A Curriculum Guide Created by Rhode Island College and WJAR (Providence: National Broadcasting Company, 1996).


Curator, "Colored Baseball and Boston's Sporting Life," African American Museum in Boston, Spring 2012.

Curator, "Black Grays and Colored Giants: Black Baseball in Rhode Island, 1886-1949" Adams Library, Rhode Island College.

Co-curator, Living With AIDS: A Photographer's Documentation, Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College.

Co-curator, Imagining Black Baseball, Adams Library, Rhode Island College.

Co-curator, The People of New Jersey: Their Enduring Legacy, The Hungarians, Newark Public Library.

Professional Associations

Board of Directors, John Henry "Pop" Lloyd Committee
Rhode Island Historical Society
Society for American Baseball Research
Out of the Shadows Research and Authors Group
National Association for the Study of Sport History

Grants Awards and Fellowships

Recipient, Rhode Island College Faculty Development Grant for "National History in Global Perspective: The American Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, and the American Myth."

Recipient, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities 2007 Independent Scholars Grant. $3000 for the projects Black Grays and Colored Giants: Black Baseball in RI, 1886-1949 and And Now to Our Local Boys on the Diamond: RI Black Baseball in the Age of Integration, 1946-1955. The researcher will collect oral histories, create a traveling exhibit, and host a panel discussion on the relationship between black baseball, historical commemoration, and African American fraternal organizations in Rhode Island. In addition, the researcher will develop a public talk on how integration of baseball in local communities relates to race formation, identity, and cultural expression.

Coordinator/Participant, RITER Grant, "Baseball, Community, and Historical Memory", 2006-2007, with Karl Benziger and Ron Dufour.

Recipient, Eisenhower Grant, "The United States on the World Stage: Teaching Post World War II History in the Secondary Classroom", 2001-2002, with Karl Benziger and Ron Dufour.

Recipient, "Teaching with Technology" Fellowship, 1999

Recipient, Rhode Island Department of Labor Grant that led to the development and implementation of a course entitled "Labor Problems: Occupational Safety and Health." Spring, 1995.

Participant, Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities Research Grant on industrialization in Rhode Island. 1993-94

President's Fellowship, Columbia University, 1979-1980.

Department Reader, Columbia University, 1979-1980.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, 1978-1979.

Awards/Special Recognitions

Bucci Award for Scholarship and Service, Rhode Island College, 2007-2008.

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation Citation for Commemorating Local African-American Athletes and their Contributions to the Sport of Baseball During the Organized Negro Leagues from 1920-1960, April 21, 2007.

City of Providence Citizen Citation for Having Contributed Enormously to the Success of Labor Education Programs, June 22, 1995.

Awarded Outstanding Labor Educator in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research, 1995.

Visiting Scholar, Harvard University School of Public Health, 1994-1997.

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