On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Politics of the Pantry," Emily E. LB. Twarog discusses her book, Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press), the activism of American housewives as consumers, and food's central role in consumer politics in the twentieth-century United States. Listen to Working History on the New Books Network, Spotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to keep up to date on future episodes.
Emily E. LB. Twarog is an Associate Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations, and Affiliate Faculty in the Gender in Global Perspectives Program and European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds a PhD in American History from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a MS in Labor Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the also the Director of the Regina V. Polk Women's Labor Leadership Conference, a residential school for women workers that has been run by the University of Illinois' School of Labor and Employment Relations-Labor Education Program since 1988. Twarog is the author of Politics of the Pantry, and her work has also appeared in Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, Labor OnLine, and, her own blog. She has been a regular commentator on issues of work in the US in both print and television news media. She is currently at work on a series of articles that examine gender equity and work both in the United States and globally. Her next book project is a biography of the New Deal consumer activist and labor educator Caroline Ware.