Lara Vapnek teaches at St. John's University and specializes in the history of gender and labor in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. Her book, Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920 (2009), examines how female wage earners pursued equality by claiming new identities as citizens and as workers. Vapnek is working on two new projects: a short biography of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890–1964), a labor organizer and free speech advocate; and a study of wet-nursing in New York City from the 1840s through the 1920s.
- Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Mortal Enemy of Capitalism
- Breadwinners: Working Women in the Early Struggle for Gender Equality
- Solving the Servant Problem: Domestic Service and Labor Reform during the Progressive Era
- Guarding the Girl in the Shop: Gender and Class in the Gilded Age Consumers Movement