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Jefferson Cowie

Prizewinning historian Jefferson Cowie teaches labor and working-class history in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. His interests focus on workers and the problem of social class in the postwar United States as well as issues in international and comparative history, especially with regard to Latin America.

Jeff is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, won the 2011 Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians. The book was also recognized by the United Association for Labor Education as 2010’s best new book, and it was named a finalist in the Lukas Prize Project Awards, cosponsored by Harvard and Columbia, in the category of nonfiction.

Jeff is currently at work on a new book, The Long Exception: An Interpretation of the New Deal from FDR to Obama, with colleague and fellow CAU leader Nick Salvatore.

On November 29, 2012, Jeff spoke to the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society on the meaning and purpose of higher education: