John Russo

John Russo

John Russo is the former co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies and coordinator of the Labor Studies Program at Youngstown State University. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University. He is co-author with Sherry Linkon of Steeltown U.S.A.: Work and Memory in Youngstown.

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A Rust Belt City Wrestles With Fear, Immigration, and its Future

A year after the deportation of a local businessman, Youngstown, Ohio, faces a question: Can it welcome immigrants and support the federal detention center that incarcerates them?

A photo of a young man walking in Youngstown, Ohio.

With GM Job Cuts, Youngstown Faces a New ‘Black Monday’

GM’s announcement that it will shutter its Lordstown plant outside Youngstown, Ohio, is just the latest in a long series of economic blows to the city since the 1970s.