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Previous Sol Stetin Award Winners

2012 - Nelson Lichtenstein

MacArthur Foundation Chair in History & Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nelson Lichtenstein is MacArthur Foundation Chair in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara and director there of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, includingLabor's War at Home: The CIO in World War II (1983); Walter Reuther: the Most Dangerous Man in Detroit (1996); State of the Union: A Century of American Labor (2002); and The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business (2010). Most recently, he is the editor, with Elizabeth Shermer, of The Right and American Labor: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination. Lichtenstein, who earlier taught at the Catholic University of America and at the University of Virginia, has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, the Fulbright Commission, and the University of California. His reviews and opinion pieces have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Dissent, New Labor Forum, American Prospect, and academic journals.

2011 - Melvyn Dubofsky

Distinguished Professor of History and Sociology Emeritus, Binghamton University, SUNY
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Melvyn Dubofsky is a product of the city public school system and the city university. For the past fifty years, he has taught at public universities in Illinois, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and since 1971, at the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University), where prior to his retirement in 2006, he served as Distinguished Professor of History & Sociology.

Dubofsky has taught and participated in collaborative projects with other scholars in England (succeeding David Montgomery as the Visiting Senior Lecturer in American Labor History at the Centre for the Study of Social History at the University of Warwick), Israel, Austria (where he served as a Distinguished Fulbright Professor), the Netherlands (where he was the John Adams Professor of American Civilization at the University of Amsterdam), France, and the former Soviet Union.

He has written and edited numerous books about labor and working-class history in the US, among which the most notable are his first,When Workers Organize: New York City in the Progressive Era (1967),We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World(1969), John L. Lewis: A Biography (1977, co-written with Warren Van Tine); The State and Labor in Modern America (1994); and Hard Work: The Making of a Labor Historian (2001). He has also written numerous reviews and essay for various scholarly journals, general interest periodicals, and on-line sites. Currently, he is editing a two-volume history of American Economic, Business, and Labor History for Oxford University Press.

2010 - Dorothy Sue Cobble

Professor of Labor Studies, History, and Women's and Gender Studies,Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Dorothy Sue Cobble received her Ph.D. in American History from Stanford University in 1986. She studies the changing nature of work, social movements, and social policy in the U.S. and globally. Her books include the award-winning Dishing It Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century (Illinois, 1991); Women and Unions: Forging a Partnership (Cornell, 1993); The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America (Princeton, 2004) which won the 2005 Philip Taft Book Prize for the best book in American labor history in 2004 among other awards; and The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor (Cornell, 2007).
Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and other publications including a recent featured article, "It's time for New Deal feminism," in the Washington Post (13 December 2009). Her research has been funded by the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the U. S. Department of Labor, and other sources. Next year, as a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, she will be finishing a historical study of US labor's traditions of egalitarian liberalism and internationalism in the twentieth century. She is also working on a biography of labor feminist and consumer activist Esther Peterson. She is a senior editor of the International Labor and Working-Class History journal.

2009 - James Green

Jim Green is a professor of history and labor studies at the University of Massachusetts, boston. He has devoted his professional life to writing the history of working people for working people. The clear, persuasive analysis and careful research that have characterized his books, articles, classes, films, and other public presentations have made him an outstanding teacher in classrooms, union halls, and historical organizations in America and abroad.

2008 - David Brody

David Brody rose to prominence following the 1969 publication of his pioneering history of early steelworker unions, The Steelworkers in America: The Nonunion Era, a book based on his doctoral dissertation. Brody is one of a few historians credited with founding the field of "new labor history" in North America, a branch of labor history that examines working-class culture and the experiences of workers, women and minorities in the study of history, rather than focusing solely on the history of workers' organizations. He has written numerous articles and book-length treatments of the ethical, organizational and social construction of work and employment. In recent years, Brody has focused on the origins and transformation of American labor law, labor law reform and weaknesses in the structure and interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act. He is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California at Davis.

2007 - David Montgomery

David Montgomery (December 1, 1927 – December 2, 2011) was a Farnam Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He was an active member of the IAM, the UE and the Teamsters during the 10 years he worked as a machinist in New York and the Twin Cities. In 1962, he earned a PhD in History at the University of Minnesota, spent 14 years teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and two years in England helping British social historian, E.P Thompson, establish the Centre for the Study of Social History at the University of Warwick. He authored many articles and books about the history and prospects of working people in the United States. He was President of the Organization of American Historians from 1999 to 2000.