Beth English is a research associate and director of the Project on Women in the Global Community at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in History from the College of William and Mary, where she was also a Glucksman Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of History. She has taught at Temple University and is currently an instructor with Princeton University’s Prison Teaching Initiative.
English’s research and teaching focus on historical and contemporary labor and working class issues, gender, social, cultural and political history, and the global South. She is the co-editor of Global Women’s Work in Transition: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy (with Mary E. Frederickson and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama, in progress); author of A Common Thread: Labor, Politics, and Capital Mobility in the Textile Industry; and a contributing author to several edited volumes focusing on gender and on the U.S. South. Her recent articles include, “Global Women’s Work: Historical Perspectives on the Textile and Garment Industries” (Journal of International Affairs), and “La mort de Dixie? (The Death of Dixie?)” (Politique Américaine, with co-author Bryant Simon). Her article, “‘I . . . Have a Lot of Work to Do’: Cotton Mill Work and Women’s Culture in Matoaca, Virginia, 1888-1895” was recognized as one of the Organization of American Historians’ Best American History Essays of 2008 (David Roediger, ed.). Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
English is currently the President of the Southern Labor Studies Association and produces and hosts the Association’s podcast, Working History.