OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Walter M. Licht

Portrait of Walter M. Licht

Walter M. Licht is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Penn Civic Scholars program. He teaches courses in American economic and labor history, and has special interests in the history of work and labor markets. He the author of Working for the Railroad: The Organization of Work in the Nineteenth Century (1983), which received the Philip Taft Labor History Prize; Getting Work: Philadelphia, 1840–1950 (1992); and Industrializing America: The Nineteenth Century (1995). He is also a coauthor of Work Sights: Industrial Philadelphia, 1890–1950 (1986) and The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century (2005), which received the OAH Merle Curti Prize and the Pennsylvania Historical Association's Philip S. Klein Prize. Licht has been awarded the top teaching prize at the University of Pennsylvania and has held various administrative positions there as well. He is now completing a book-length manuscript with the tentative title, "American Capitalisms: A Global History."

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

A lecture on the rise and fall of American manufacture and implications for American workers and communities.
A lecture on the shifting place of organized labor in the United States.
A lecture on America's continuous embedding in global economic developments and international flows of goods, credit, currencies, and people.