Labor and Working-Class History Association

Established: 1999. Affiliate Since: 2008. Membership: 587. Annual dues: $50; $25 students and contingent faculty (includes subscription to Labor)

Statement of Purpose: LAWCHA is an organization of historians, labor educators, and working-class activists who seek to promote public and scholarly awareness of labor and working-class history through research, writing, and organizing. It is open to the widest possible variety of approaches to the subject of labor and working-class history. The asssociation has a demographically, regionally, and internationally diverse membership and leadership. It has developed mutually supportive relationships with existing regional, state, and local labor studies and labor history societies in the United States and other countries, as well as equally important relationships with unions and community organizations. LAWCHA promotes labor and working-class history within the history and social studies curricula in public schools as well as at community colleges, colleges, universities, and unions.

Annual Meeting: Every spring, either at independent LAWCHA conference, or at annual meeting of Organization of American Historians (OAH).

Publication: Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, quarterly journal published by Duke University Press.


Labor and Working Class History Assoc.
Duke Univ.
226 Carr Bldg., Box 90719
Durham, NC 27708-0719

Primary Contact:


Joseph A. McCartin
Georgetown Univ.

Vice President
Eileen Boris
Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

Immediate Past President
Cindy Hahamovitch
Univ. of Georgia

National Secretary
Erik Gellman
Univ. of North Carolina

Liesl Miller Orenic
Dominican Univ.

Online Editor and Executive Assistant
David “Mac” Marquis
Univ. of South Carolina

Updated 4/26/24