Wayne State University

Faculty and Staff Biography

Joseph Turrini
Assistant Professor
300.21 Kresge
Fax 313-577-7563


Joseph M. Turrini is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Turrini  coordinates  the Archival Administration Program, advises students in the archival concentration, and teaches a number of archival courses, including Archival Administration, Oral History and the Administration of Historical Agencies.

Turrini served as an assistant professor and the archival studies program officer in the History Department at Auburn University between 2005 and 2007.  Prior to teaching, he held a number of archival and public history positions, including assistant archivist at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives at The Catholic University of America, records analyst at the United Federation of Teachers Archives and Records Center, assistant curator at the Detroit Historical Museum, and on a number of archival projects at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor History.

The University of Illinois Press published his book, The End of Amateurism in American Track and Field, in its Sport and Society Series (2010).   He has published a number of articles on labor, sport, and archival history, and archival education.  They have appeared in a variety of journals, including Labor History, Journal of Sport History, Sport History Review, Information & Culture: A History Journal, American Archivist, Michigan History, and Perspectives. 


Coordinator of the Archival Administration Certificate Program

Degrees and certifications

Ph.D., History, Wayne State University, 2004

M.A., History, Wayne State University, 1993

Graduate Certificate, Archival Administration, Wayne State University, 1993

B.A., History, San Francisco State University, 1991


Academic interests

Archival Administration, Oral History, Archival History, American Labor History, American Sport History