2010 Sol Stetin Award
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.