New Book on Deindustrialization

Sherry Lee Linkon, Professor of English and American Studies at Georgetown University, has published a new book, The Half-Life of Deindustrialization Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring, by the University of Michigan Press.



2018 WCSA Conference Plenary Announcement

The WCSA welcomes NewNationLogo07

to their 2018 annual conference held at Stony Brook University’s Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy.

Sarah Leonard, Executive Editor of In Justice Today and co-editor of The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for a New Century, will moderate contributing writers, Michelle Chen, Bryce Covert, and John Washington.

Click here for more information about our upcoming conference.

Call for 2017 Annual WCSA Award Submissions

The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2017.

Award categories are:

  • Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
  • C.L.R. James Award for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
  • Russo & Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences
  • Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film
  • Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations only

In all categories, we invite nominations of excellent work that provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements; addresses issues related to the working class; and highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-class people.

To be eligible, works must have been published (in the case of books or articles) or completed (in the case of films and dissertations) between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

To nominate a work for consideration, please send three hard copies with a cover letter, identifying the category in which the work is being nominated and a brief explanation of why it deserves recognition.  Please note: articles and dissertations should be submitted in electronic form.

Nominations are due by January 15, 2018.


Submit nominations to:

Dr. Michele Fazio

Associate Professor of English

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

1 University Drive

Pembroke, NC  28372

For more information and to submit electronic submissions, contact:    Michele Fazio, WCSA Past-President at


Winners will be announced at the 2018 Working-Class Studies Association conference to be held June 6-9, 2018 at the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, & Policy at Stony Brook University.  Winners will receive free conference registration and a plaque at the WCSA Annual Awards Ceremony. In addition, a panel session will be reserved in the conference program to feature a discussion of award recipients’ work.  Conference attendance is strongly encouraged.

Details of the awards and past winners can be found here.

Democracy in Chains

Nancy MacLean, William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and former president of the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA), has published a new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.



“This book is mesmerizing. Rarely have I encountered a work that speaks to such significant issues, with evidence rooted in conclusive new sources. In clear prose, MacLean reveals how a public once committed to social responsibility and egalitarian values became persuaded that only an unregulated free market could protect ‘liberty’ and ‘choice.’ Because of this, our once cherished democracy is now subject to attack. Everyone who wants to understand today’s confrontational politics should read this important book, now.”
Alice Kessler-Harris, author of In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America

“It’s happening: the subversion of our democratic system from within. How did the political Right do it? Nancy MacLean tells the long-overlooked story of the political economist who developed the playbook for the Koch brothers. James McGill Buchanan merged states rights’ thinking with free market principles and helped to fashion the inherently elitist ideology of today’s Republican Party. Professor MacLean’s meticulous research and shrewd insights make this a must-read for all who believe in government ‘by the people.’”
Nancy Isenberg, author of White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

CfP: Student Poster Session at 2017 WCSA Conference

We invite proposals for the Student Research Poster Session at the Working Class Studies Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 3, 2017 at IU-Bloomington. The poster session will highlight undergraduate and graduate research in working class studies organized around the broad conference theme of “Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution.” The conference Call for Papers is available here.

The Working Class Studies Association annual conference is a meeting for diversely situated workers including academics and practitioners interested in the working class and class struggle. This student research poster session is intended to create a dynamic and supportive space which invites students to share their work, discuss research with conference attendees, and become more involved in working class studies.

Interested students should propose their poster through the online conference proposal submission system here and note in the comment section of their submission is for the student poster session. Submissions are welcome until February 1, 2017.