Submission Guidelines

2018 Nomination Guidelines and Information

The award may be made annually to that book judged by the Award Committee to be the outstanding book on American labor history published during the preceding calendar year. The making of an award is not mandatory, however, and if, in the judgment of the Award Committee, no book is worthy of recognition, no award need be made.

The award will carry with it a monetary prize of $2,000.00.

Competition is limited to books published in the English language.

Subject matter must be United States labor history defined broadly enough to include histories of workers (free and unfree, organized and unorganized) as well as histories of their institutions, and their workplaces, as well as the broader historical trends that have shaped working-class life, including but not limited to immigration, slavery, community, the state, race, gender, and ethnicity.

Books for the competition may be submitted by either the author or the publisher. One copy of each nominated book should be submitted to every member of the Award Committee.

Nominated books should be submitted no later than December 15, 2017. Page proofs may be submitted in lieu of books to be published between December 15, 2017, and December 31, 2017.

The award winner will be announced at the Spring LAWCHA meeting held at the OAH annual meeting held on April 12 - 14, 2018, in Sacramento, California. 

Names and Addresses of the 2018 Philip Taft Labor History Award Committee

One copy of each nominated book should be submitted to every member of the Award Committee.


Ileen A. DeVault
Cornell University - ILR School
Dept. of Labor Relations, Law, & History
370 Ives Hall Faculty Bldg.
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901

Matt Basso
568 N. Perrys Hollow Road
Salt Lake City, UT  84103-4244

Louis Hyman
Cornell University – ILR School
16 East 34th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Talitha LeFlouria
1327 Stoney Ridge Road
Charlottesville, VA  22902

Maria Montoya
NYU Shanghai
New York University
14  -  4th Street, Third Floor
New York, NY  10012