Submission Guidelines

2019 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, 2018. Page proofs may be submitted in lieu of books to be published between December 15, 2018, and December 31, 2018.

The award winner will be announced at the 2019 LAWCHA conference held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, May 30 - June 1, 2019.

Names and Addresses of the 2019 Philip Taft Labor History Award Committee

One copy of each nominated book should be submitted to every member of the Award Committee. (*Please note change in committee members effective 10.25.18.*)


Ileen 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

Lawrence Glickman
Cornell University
Department of History
307 McGraw Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

LaShawn Harris
MIchigan State University
Department of History
506 East Circle Drive, Room 256
East Lansing, MI  48824

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