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The Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA) is pleased to announce its annual Herbert Gutman Dissertation Prize, established with the cooperation with the University of Illinois Press. LAWCHA, founded in 1998, encourages the study of working-class men and women, their lives, workplaces, communities, organizations, cultures, activism, and societal contexts. It aims to promote an international, theoretically informed, comparative, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and diverse labor and working-class history.

The dissertation prize is named in honor of the late Herbert G. Gutman, a pioneering labor historian in the U.S. and a founder of the University of Illinois Press Series “The Working Class in American History.”  LAWCHA hopes that the spirit of Gutman’s inquiry into the many facets of labor and working-class history will live on through this prize. The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 from LAWCHA along with up to $500 in travel expenses to attend the awards ceremony, and a publishing contract with the University of Illinois Press. The prize award is contingent upon the author’s acceptance of the contract with the University of Illinois Press.

Eligible dissertations must be in English, concerned with U.S. labor and working-class history broadly conceived, and defended in the academic year 2015-16 (September 1, 2015-August 31, 2016). Applicants are not required to be members of LAWCHA at the time of the submission. Canadian citizens are eligible for this prize. The winner will be announced at LAWCHA’s national conference in Seattle, June 23-25, 2017.

To apply for the Gutman Prize, email [email protected] the title of your dissertation, the date of your defense, the name of your advisor, and a PDF copy of the dissertation.  Also, mail (3) three hard copies of the dissertation, along with a letter of endorsement from the dissertation advisor stating the date of the defense, by January 3rd, 2017 to:

226 Carr Building (East Campus)
Duke University
Box 90719
Durham, NC 27708

For more information, visit LAWCHA’s website,, or email [email protected].

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