My research has focused on five areas of recent American history: labor organizing, education, the American South, race relations, and sexuality. My earliest research as a graduate student, focusing on organized labor in Memphis and Charleston, can be found in Labor History and the Avery Review (articles published in 2000). As a Research Associate for the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, DC, I co-edited several reports on education initiatives that raise academic achievement for all kids and especially for minority youth. My dissertation became a book entitled I AM a Man! that the University of North Carolina Press published in 2005. This book examined masculinity in the American civil rights movement. After finishing my first book, I began to work with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and American Veterans for Equal Rights, conducting interviews with gay and lesbian veterans of the US Armed Forces. This project became the book Ask & Tell and the exhibit "Out Ranks" at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. Currently, I am writing a book about my hometown, Charleston, South Carolina, since the civil rights movement. The manuscript is tentatively titled: "Too Proud to Whitewash."
For a complete list of publications and academic appointments, see my curriculum vita.
Sonia Jurich & Steve Estes, eds., Raising Academic Achievement (Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum, 2000).
Donna Walker, Sonia Jurich and Steve Estes, eds., Raising Minority Academic Achievement (Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum, 2001).
Steve Estes, I Am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2005).
Steve Estes, Ask & Tell: Gay & Lesbian Veterans Speak Out (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007).