Philip F Rubio


North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Arts Humanities, Soc Sci

History and Political Science

Gibbs Hall 321
B.A.Arts / Vermont College of Norwich University
MAHistory / North Carolina Central University
OtherAfrican and African American Studies / Duke University
Ph.D.History / Duke University


Philip Rubio earned his History M.A. from North Carolina Central University in December 1998, and his Ph.D. in History from Duke University in May 2006. Dr. Rubio has taught since 2001 at NCCU, Duke, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina A&T State University. He is currently Associate Professor of History at A&T, where he has been on the faculty since 2007, teaching courses in U.S., African American, and world history. Dr. Rubio is the author of two award-winning books: There's Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality and A History of Affirmative Action, 161

Research Interests

20th century U.S. civil rights and labor struggles

Recent Publications

  • Phil Rubio (2001). (A History of Affirmative Action, 1619-2000). University Press of Mississippi.
  • Phil Rubio (2009). (“Al Rubio and the 1930s Student Sit-In Campaign against Jim Crow in Champaign, Illinois.”). (4 (Winter 2009)) 12, pp. 250-278.. Journal of Illinois History.
  • Phil Rubio (2009). (“‘Who Divided the Church?’: African American Postal Workers Fight Segregation in the Postal Unions, 1939-1962.”). (2) 94, pp. 172-199.. Journal of African American HIstory.
  • Phil Rubio (2010). (“Black Labor, Race, and Citizenship Struggles at the U.S. Post Office from the Civil War to the Progressive Era.”). (1 (Summer 2010)) 1, pp. 75-84. Convergence Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
  • Phil Rubio (2010). (There's Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality). University of North Carolina Press.
  • Phil Rubio (2012). (“Though he had a white face he was a negro in heart’: Examining the White Men Convicted of Supporting the 1822 Denmark Vesey Slave Insurrection Conspiracy.”). (no. 1 (January 2012, published in August 2012)) 113, pp. 50-67. South Carolina Historical Magazine.
  • Phil Rubio (2016). ("Organizing a Wildcat: The United States Postal Strike of 1970"). In Craig Phelan, Labor History.
  • Phil Rubio (2016). (“You seem just consumed by patriotism, Mr. Isaacs”: The Ohio Un-American Activities Commission Clashes with Communists in the Cold War Fifties). In Dan Leab, Rozanna Harrison, (1) 15, American Communist History.
  • Phil Rubio (2017). ("After the Storm: Postal Politics and Labor Relations in the Decade After the 1970 U.S. Postal Wildcat Strike, 1970-1981"). In Victor Devinatz, (1) 30, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal.
  • Phil Rubio (2020). (Public Service versus Business Delivering on the Promise of the United States Postal Service Philip Rubio | Jul 1, 2020). In Ashley Bowen, https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/summer-2020/public-service-versus-business-delivering-on-the-promise-of-the-united-states-postal-service, pp. online. AHA Perspectives on History/Perspectives Daily.
  • Phil Rubio (2020). (Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service). In Chuck Grench, University of North Carolina Press.
  • Phil Rubio (2021). (Unintended Consequences: The U.S. Postal Service Conundrum of Service, Business, Labor, and Politics). In Victor Devinatz, Employee Responsibilities and Rights.