Leon Fink wins Sol Steitin Award For Labor History

Distinguished Professor Leon Fink has won the 2014 Sol Steitin Award for Labor History conferred by the Sidney Hillman Foundation. Granted annually since 2007, the award recognizes exemplary scholarship in labor history. It is named in honor of the legendary president of the Textile Workers Union of America who led a seventeen-year campaign to organize workers at the J. P. Stevens & Co. textile mills. Fink, who has taught at UIC since 2000 and founded the Work, Race, and Gender in the Urban World (WRGUW) concentration in the Department of History, is the author of nine books of labor history, including most recently Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World’s First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to the Present (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2011). He is now at work on a new project on the woking class history of India in the age of Gandhi.

The award ceremony will take place in New York City on May 6. Congratulations!