Labor History Dissertation Prize

Call for applications

To encourage the study of labor, Labor History is pleased to announce an annual Dissertation Prize for labor studies, broadly defined. In keeping with the journal's dedication to a multi-disciplined approach to the field, and its commitment to chronological and geographical breadth, the prize will be awarded to the best Ph.D. dissertation on a labor topic, historical or contemporary, in the US or worldwide, regardless of discipline.

Winners will receive an award of £750 / $1500, and publicity in both the journal and the Labor History website.

All dissertations on labor topics completed in 2005 are eligible for the first Labor History Dissertation Prize. Please email your applications to me, Craig Phelan, at by 1st February 2006. Nominations in the first instance should be made by dissertation supervisors on behalf of the applicant and include:

  1. Name and full contact details of nominee
  2. Abstract and title of dissertation
  3. A letter of reference or a report that assesses the dissertation

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Significance, originality and quality of research
  2. Sophistication of methodology
  3. Clarity of presentation and cogency of arguments
  4. Contribution to the field of labor studies

Announcement of the winner will take place at the annual Organization of American Historians conference in April 2006.

The Labor History Editorial Board will act as the selection panel. The Editorial Board reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year.

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