What We Do

The Working-Class Studies Association aims to develop and promote multiple forms of scholarship, teaching, and activism related to working class life and cultures.


• Promote awareness, growth, and legitimacy of working-class studies internationally

• Promote models of working-class studies that actively involve and serve the interests of working-class people

• Promote critical discussions of the relationships among class, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other structures of inequality

• Promote interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and disciplinary approaches to studying and teaching about the lived experience of working-class people

• Provide opportunities for academics, artists, activists, workers, independent scholars, students, and others to share their work, make connections with colleagues and professional organizations, and learn about resources

• Facilitate conversations and critical debate engaging diverse intellectual and political approaches to scholarship, teaching, and outreach in working-class studies

• Create partnerships that link scholarship with activism in labor, community, and other working-class social justice organizations