10258219_886620608068696_9139338607342708154_oThe inaugural 2015 Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies was awarded to A. Lane Windham for her provocative and ambitious essay, “The Cannon Mills Case: Out of the Southern Frying Pan, Into the Global Fire.” A former union organizer, at the time of the award, Windham was a U.S. History Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland.

In honor of the late Robert Zieger—teacher, scholar, and tireless union activist SLSA awards the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies every two years to the best unpublished article in southern labor studies submitted by a graduate student or early career scholar, journalist, or activist. Paul Ortiz (University of Florida), Max Krochmal (Texas Christian University), and Michelle Haberland (Georgia Southern University) served on the 2014-15 prize committee.

Joey Fink, Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, received honorable mention for her essay, “In Good Faith: Working-Class Women, Feminism, and Religious Support in the Struggle to Organize J. P. Stevens Textile Workers in the Southern Piedmont, 1974–1980.”