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Jefferson Cowie : Biography

Professor Cowie teaches labor and working-class history, with research includes spanning a number of areas including politics, social history, and popular culture. His books focus on workers and the problem of social class in the postwar United States with an eye toward international and comparative history. 

He is the author of Capital Moves: RCA's Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which received the Philip Taft Prize for the Best Book in Labor History for 2000, and co-editor of Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization, and, most recently, of Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class (2010), which received a number of awards, including the Francis Parkman Prize for the Best Book in American history from the Society of American Historians, the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the best book award from Labor History.

Cowie received his B.A. in history from the University of California , Berkeley in 1987 and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997.