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David Montgomery Award

Best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history.



The David Montgomery Award is given annually by the OAH with co-sponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history. The award is given in recognition of David Montgomery’s crucial role in pioneering new approaches to the study of working people and their history. David Montgomery was president of OAH from 1999-2000.


Eligible works shall be written in English and deal with United States history in significant ways but may include comparative or transnational studies that fall within these guidelines. Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

Submission Process

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2024 David Montgomery Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. All submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2023. Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must also be sent to each committee member and postmarked no later than January 7, 2023.

Please mail submissions to the committee members listed below:

Veronica Martinez-Matsuda, Chair
UC San Diego, Dept. of History
Arts and Humanities Building
9500 Gilman Dr., #0104
La Jolla, California 92093
Email to provide title(s) you will submit for consideration so the committee can verify that all books have been received: [email protected]

Gabriel Winant
2255 Cornell Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Jane Berger
History Department
Moravian University
1200 Main St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Past Winners


Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington. Menace to Empire: Anticolonial Solidarities and the Transpacific Origins of the US Security State (University of California Press) 


Jane Berger, Moravian University, A New Working Class: The Legacies of Public-Sector Employment in the Civil Rights Movement(Univrsity of Pennsylvania Press)

Honorable Mention: Gabriel Winant, University of Chicago, The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America (Harvard University Press)


Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, Cornell University, Migrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program(University of Pennsylvania Press)


Eduardo Contreras, Hunter College, City University of New York, Latinos and the Liberal City: Politics and Protest in San Francisco(University of Pennsylvania Press)

Honorable Mention: William Sturkey, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White (Harvard University Press)


Ana Raquel Minian, Stanford University, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press)


Lane Windham, Georgetown University, Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide (University of North Carolina Press)


Ryan Patrick Murphy, Earlham College, Deregulating Desire: Flight Attendant Activism, Family Politics, and Workplace Justice (Temple University Press)


Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf, West Virginia University, Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie (University of Illinois Press)

Honorable Mention: Lou Martin, Chatham University, Smokestacks in the Hills: Rural-Industrial Workers in West Virginia (University of Illinois Press)


Chantal Norrgard, Independent Scholar, Seasons of Change: Labor, Treaty Rights, and Ojibwe Nationhood (The University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Brian Rouleau, Texas A & M University, With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire (Cornell University Press)


Stacey L. Smith, Oregon State University, Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press)