Dorothy Sue Cobble
Professor of History and Labor Studies
Ph.D., Stanford University
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
204 Van Dyck Hall
My research interests include 20th century U.S. political, social, and intellectual history; global and comparative social movements and social policy; women's and gender history; labor and working-class history; women and work; global labor. I am currently writing on the egalitarian politics and international initiatives of US labor reformers from World War I to the present. I am also working on a book on 20th century U.S. social democracy as seen through the life of consumer, labor, and women's rights activist Esther Peterson.
COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT
- 510: 539 Colloquium in Women’s and Gender History
- 510: 559 Problems and Directed Readings in American History III (Twentieth Century)
- 510: 521 Colloquium in Labor History
- "The Promise and Peril of Global Labor History," International Labor and Working-Class History 82 (Fall 2012).
- "Friendship Beyond the Atlantic: Labour Feminist International Contacts After the Second World War," Arbetarhistoria (Stockholm, Sweden) 1-2/2009: 12-20. Invited article translated into Swedish. Published in English March 2012.
- "Don't Blame the Workers," Dissent Magazine, Winter 2012.
- "Occupy Wall Street Theater is A Jab at Political Paralysis," The Star-Ledger, December 18, 2011.
- “Labor Feminists and President Kennedy’s Commission on Women,” In No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of American Feminism, ed. Nancy Hewitt (Rutgers University Press, 2010), pp. 144-167.
- “More Intimate Unions,” in Intimate Labors: Care, Sex, and Domestic Work, eds. Rhacel Parrenas and Eileen Boris (Stanford University Press, 2010), pp. 280-295.
- “It’s time for New Deal Feminism,” The Washington Post 12/13/09.
- “U.S. Labor Women’s Internationalism in the World War I Era,” Revue Francaise d’Etudes Americaines 122:4 (2009): 44-57.
- “Women and Politics, 1920-1970,” in Princeton Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, ed. Michael Kazin (Princeton University Press, 2009).
- Editor, The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor (Cornell, 2007).
- The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America (Princeton, 2004).
- Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2010-2011.
- 2010 Sol Stetin Award for Career Achievement in Labor History, Sidney Hillman Foundation.
- Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2007-2008.
- Philip Taft Book Prize for The Other Women’s Movement, 2005.
- Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, 1999-2000.
- Herbert A. Gutman Book Prize for Dishing It Out, University of Illinois Press, 1992.
RECENT INVITED SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS
- "Humanizing Work," Institute of Advanced Studies, Nantes, France, 31 March 2011.
- Alice Cook Distinguished Lectureship, “US Labor Women’s Interwar Internationalism,” Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, September 15-16, 2010.
- “The Future of Labour History Journals,” European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, Belgium, April 16, 2010.
- “Making the Next Labor Movement Possible,” Institute for Labor and Culture, Yale University, January 26, 2009.
- “The Road Not Taken: Labor Feminism and Work-Family Reform in the Post-World War II U.S.” Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2008.
- “Labor Feminism and Social Reform in Postwar America,” Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, Harvard University, July 2008.
- “More Intimate Unions: How The New Emotional Service Class is Transforming Labour,”Queen Mary, University of London, London, England, June 2008.
- “Transnational Labour Feminism and U.S Social Policy, 1919-1975,” University of Chicago, Chicago, April 2008.
- “U.S. Labor Women’s Internationalisms, 1914-1975” Center for Pacific and American Studies, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, March 2008.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
- International Advisory Board, Global History of Equal Pay, 1945-2000, Vetenskapsradet Funds, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012-
- Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, 2012-2015.
- Awards Panel, Sol Stein Labor History Prize, Sidney Hillman Foundation, 2011-
- Editorial Board, International Labor and Working-Class History.
- Associate Editor, Signs.
- American History Panel, National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Gender Equity Task Force, New Jersey Employment and Training Commission, 1993-94.
- Expert Witness, NY Hotel and Motel Trades Council v. Hotel Association of NYC, Inc., 1988-90.
- American Historical Association
- Organization of American Historians
- Labor and Employment Relations Associations
- Labor and Working-Class History Association
- Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
- Working-Class Studies Association