OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Nelson Lichtenstein

Portrait of Nelson Lichtenstein

Nelson Lichtenstein holds the MacArthur Foundation Chair in History and directs the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a student of U.S. capitalism in all of its dimensions and has long been particularly interested in its leading players, first studying the automotive industry and now considering Walmart and similar retailers. He is a coeditor, most recently, of Achieving Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy (2016); The Port Huron Statement: Sources and Legacies of the New Left’s Founding Manifesto (2015); The ILO From Geneva to the Pacific Rim (2015); and The Right and Labor in America: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination (2012). He is also the author of The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business (2009) and a coauthor of Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's History, vol. 2 (revised, 2007). An elected member of the Society of American Historians, he is also the recipient of the Sidney Hillman Foundation's Sol Stetin Award for lifetime achievement in labor history.

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