New Working History Episode Focuses on the Uses of the Term “Working Class” in American Politics

muncy-eSLSA’s Working History podcast is back from summer hiatus with a new episode, “What Does ‘Working Class’ Mean in American Politics? The episode featuring Robyn Muncy, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, and hosted by Beth English, SLSA President, focuses on the history of the term “working class” and its uses in American political discourse from the 1930s to today. It is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud.

Robyn Muncy is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. Her scholarship has focused especially on social policy and progressive reform movements in twentieth-century America, and her current research focuses on the history of the term “working class” in mainstream American politics. Her first book, Creating a Female Dominion in American Reform, 1890-1935, analyzes the role of middle-class white women in creating the U.S. welfare state. Her second book, Engendering America, co-edited with Sonya Michel, is a documentary history of gender in the U.S. since 1865. Her most recent book, Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America, is a political biography of activist Josephine Roche, and it analyzes America’s progressive reform tradition from the Progressive Era through the Great Society. It is part of the Politics and Society Series at Princeton University Press.

Muncy has received several grants and fellowships. In 2007-08, she was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and she returned to the Center as a public policy scholar in the summer of 2009. She won a Fulbright, an NEH Summer Stipend, and a research grant from the Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, chaired the Scott-Lerner Dissertation Prize committee for the Organization of American Historians, and has won many teaching awards. Muncy has made several appearances on broadcast media, including an episode of The Sixties, a 10-hour documentary broadcast on CNN in 2014. She appeared in Fire at the Triangle, a PBS documentary on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which premiered on The American Experience in 2011, and was interviewed in The First Measured Century, another PBS documentary that first aired in 2000. One of her classroom lectures was broadcast on C-SPAN’s “Lectures in American History,” as well as her lecture, “American Women Did Not Go Home After World War II: Women’s Labor Force Participation, 1945-2000.”

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