Who We Are & What We Do

Who We Are

  • We are historians, labor educators, and working-class activists who seek to promote public and scholarly awareness of labor and working-class history through research, writing, and organizing.
  • We are open to the widest possible variety of approaches to the subject of labor and working-class history.
  • We have a demographically, regionally, and internationally diverse membership and leadership. Our Members
  • We have developed mutually supportive relationships with existing regional, state, and local labor studies and labor history societies in the United States and other countries. We have developed equally important relationships with unions and community organizations.
  • We promote labor and working-class history within the history and social studies curricula in public schools as well as at community colleges, colleges, universities, and unions.

What We Do

  • All memberships include an annual subscription to LAWCHA’s official journal: Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas.
  • Through our graduate student conference travel grants and essay prize; the Herbert Gutman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation; the Phillip Taft Labor History Book Award, granted by Cornell University in cooperation with LAWCHA; and our occasional Distinguished Service Awards, we foster and encourage labor and working-class history at every level of the profession and recognize excellence within our field. Only members are eligible for the graduate student and Gutman prizes. Grants and Prizes.
  • We hold exciting annual conferences around the continent in conjunction with regional organizations. We also maintain a strong presence at other national and regional conferences, including the American Historical Association and Organization of American Historians. Events
  • All members receive the LAWCHA Newsletter twice a year, featuring provocative and timely, topical forums, plus Reports from the Grassroots. Newsletters
  • Independently and through partnerships with unions and other organizations, LAWCHA encourages engaged scholarship and helps scholars find popular and political outlets for their work. Civic Engagement
  • Members connect with each other and find useful resources at our website, www.lawcha.org.