Dorothy Sue Cobble

Dorothy Sue Cobble

A distinguished professor of history and labor studies at Rutgers University, Dorothy Sue Cobble specializes in twentieth-century politics and social movements in the United States and globally. Her books include Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements (2014); The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America (2004), winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize; Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor (2007); and Dishing It Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century (1991). She has received fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. In 2010, she won the Sol Stetin Award for Career Achievement in Labor History from the Sidney Hillman Foundation. Currently she is writing on women's social justice internationalism and on U.S. worker movements for egalitarian democracy. She is also completing a biography of consumer and women's rights activist Esther Peterson. In 2016, she held the Swedish Research Council's Kerstin Hesselgren Professorship at Stockholm University.

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  • For the Many: America's Progressive Politics and the Global Women Who Made It *
  • Don't Blame the Workers: The Myth of Working-Class Conservatism *
  • Economic Justice For All: American Feminism in Global Perspective *

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.