UCSB history profes- sor Nelson Lichtenstein will receive this year’s annual Sol Stetin Award for Labor History tomorrow at the Sidney Hillman Foundation’s annual Hillman Prizes ceremony in New York City.
The honor is bestowed upon scholars who demonstrate dedi- cation to pursuing public policy to improve working conditions. Lichtenstein, the MacArthur Foundation Professor of History and director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, earned the recogni- tion for his work on the labor movement and his efforts train- ing a new generation of scholar- activists.
In a statement released last Thursday, Lichtenstein said the distinction ref lects the greater campus community’s academic accomplishments.
“I am very pleased to be in the company of other great scholars and leaders who have received the Sol Stetin Award,” Lichtenstein said in a press release. “The award recognized not only my scholarship, but also the projects I’ve been engaged in at UCSB, the most significant of which is the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy.”
Lichtenstein is well known for his study on Walmart that result- ed in improved working condi- tions for its employees world- wide. He is the author and editor of over a dozen books including his most recent, The Right and American Labor: Politics, Ideology and the Imagination, scheduled for release in May.
Lichtenstein has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, the Fulbright Commission and the University of California. His reviews and opinion pieces have appeared in newspapers and academic jour- nals including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and American Prospect.