Previous WCSA Award Winners

Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism

2019 Rubén Vega and Irene Díaz Memorias Culturales de un Pasado Industrial / Cultural Memories of the Industrial Past

2018 Lizzie Presser, “Below Deck

2017 Gabriel Thompson, “Dark Meat

2016 Christine Walley and Chris Boebel.  Exit Zero (DVD)

2015 Michele Fazio and Jason Hutchens, Voices of the Lumbee (DVD)

2014 Monica Potts, “What’s Killing White Women?”

2013 Tony Buba and Tom Dubensky, We Are Alive: The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital (DVD)

2012 J. Malcolm Garcia, “Smoke Signals: They Survived Iraq—and Died at Home,” “Smoke Screen,” and “Breathing In”

2011 Chris Hedges (text), Joe Sacco (photography), “City of Ruins”

2010 Michael Zweig, Trish Dalton, & Mike Konopacki, “Why are we in Afghanistan?”

2008 Gabriel Thompson, “Meet the Wealth Gap”

2007 Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (DVD)


Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing

2019 by Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., Sacred Smokes

2019 Jeanne Bryner and Cortney Davis, editors, Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose 

2018 David Joy, The Weight of This World 

2017 David LaBounty, Workers Write: Tales From the Construction Site

2016 Mike Yarrow and Ruth Yarrow.  Photographs by Douglas Yarrow.  Voices from the Appalachian Coalfields

2015 David LaBounty, Ed. Workers Write! More Tales From the Cubicle

2014 Hakim Bellamy, Swear: Poems

2013 Paola Corso, The Laundress Catches Her Breath

2012 Mary Bucci Bush, Sweet Hope: a Novel

2011 Jeanne Bryner, No Matter How Many Windows: Poems

2010 Jenifer Rae Vernon, Rock Candy

2008 John Marsh, You Work Tomorrow: An Anthology of American Labor Poetry, 1929-41

2007 Jim Daniels and Charlee Brodsky, Street


C.L.R. James Award for Published Book for Academic or General Audiences

2019 Sherry Lee Linkon, The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring

2018 David Roediger, Class, Race, and Marxism 

2018 Scott Henkel, Direct Democracy: Collective Power, the Swarm, and the Literatures of the Americas 

2017 Angela Stuesse,  Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South

2016  Ann Folino White, Plowed Under: Food Policy Protests and Performance in New Deal America

2016 Julie M. Weise, Corazón de Dixie: Mexicans in the U.S. South Since 1910

2015 Linda Tirado, Hand to Mouth:  Living in Bootstrap America. 2014. Putnam/Penguin Press

2014 Christine Walley, Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago

2013 J.T Way, The Mayan in the Mall: Globalization, Development, and the Making of Modern Guatemala

2012 Franco Barchiesi, Precarious Liberation: Workers, the State, and Contested Social Citizenship in Postapartheid South Africa

2012 Sean Burns, Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero

2011 Jarod Roll, Spirit of Rebellion: Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South

2010 Steven K. Ashby, C.J. Hawking, Staley: The Fight for a New American Labor Movement

2008 David Bacon, Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants

2007 Nicholas de Genova, Working the Boundaries: Race, Space and ‘Illegality’ in Mexican Chicago


Jake Ryan Award for a Book about the Working-Class Academic Experience

2019 Didier Eribon, Returning to Reims 

2018  Diane Reay,  MiseducationInequality, Education and the Working Classes


John Russo and Sherry Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences (formerly the C.L.R. James Award for Best Article)

2019 Peter Cole, “Durban Dockers, Labor Internationalism, and Pan-Africanism”

2018  Liza Sapir Flood, “Instrument in Tow: Bringing Musical Skills to the Field

2017 Diana Garvin, “Singing Truth to Power: Melodic Resistance and Bodily Revolt in Italy’s Rice Fields,” Annali d’italianistica 34 (2016). Speaking Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy

2016 Geoff Bright, “‘The Lady is Not Returning!’: Educational Precarity and a Social Haunting in the UK Coalfields”

2015 Patrick J. Finn, “Unrest In Grosvenor Square: Preparing for Power in Elite Boarding Schools, Working-Class Public Schools, and Socialist Sunday Schools” 

2015 Michelle M. Tokarczyk,“Toward an Imagined Solidarity in the Working-Class Epic:  Chris Llewellyn’s Fragments from the Fire and Diane Gilliam Fisher’s Kettle Bottom”  

2014 Gretchen Purser, “The Labour of Liminality”

2013 Tim Libretti, “Working the Case: The Wire and Working-Class Cops on American Television”

2012 Stephen Brier, “Italian Militants and Migrants and the Language of Solidarity in the Early-Twentieth-Century Western Coalfields”

2011 Heath W. Carter, “Scab Ministers, Striking Saints: Christianity and Class Conflict in 1894 Chicago”

2010 Elna C. Green, “Relief from Relief: The Tampa Sewing-Room Strike of 1937 and the Right to Welfare”

2008 Alan Derickson, “‘Asleep and Awake at the Same Time’: Sleep Denial among Pullman Porters”


Constance Coiner Dissertation Award

2019 Alexandrea J. Ravenelle The New Entrepreneur: Worker Experiences in the Sharing Economy

2018 Steffan Blayney, Health & Efficiency: Fatigue, the Science of Work and the Working Body in Britain, c. 1870-1939

2018 Simon Lee, Working-Class Heroics: The Intersection of Class and Space in British Post- War Writing

2017 Jackie Gabriel, “Manufacturing Precarity: A Case Study of the Grain Processing Corporation (GPC)/United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 86D Lockout in Muscatine, Iowa”

2016 Gregory Rosenthal,  Hawaiians Who Left Hawaii: Work, Body, and Environment in the Pacific World, 1786-1876

2015 Jen Schradie, This is (Not) What Democracy Looks Like: How Ideology, Hierarchy and Inequality Shape Digital Activism 

2014 No Award Given

2013 Sara Appel, Football Wishes and Fashion Fair Dreams: Class and the Problem of Upward Mobility in Contemporary U.S. Literature and Culture

2012 Jamie K. McCallum, In Dubious Battle: A Case Study of the New Labor Transnationalism

2010 Tiffany Knight Raymond, Labor, Performance, and Theatre: Strike Culture and the Emergence of Organized Labor in the 1930’s

2009 Michele Fazio, Between Mothers and Sons: Narrative Performances of American Identities in Italian American Literature

2007 Terry Easton, Temporary Work, Contingent Lives: Race, Immigration, and Transformations of Atlanta’s Daily Work, Daily Pay


Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Paul Lauter

2016 Jack Metzgar

2014 Michael Zweig