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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Emily E. LB. Twarog

Assistant Professor and Director of the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference

Labor Education Program (Chicago)
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Rice Building, Suite 110, 815 W. Van Buren, Chicago, IL 60607


PhD, American History, University of Illinois at Chicago, July 2011
Dissertation: “Beyond the Strike Kitchen: Housewives and Domestic Politics, 1936-1973”
MA, American History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, May 2004
MS, Labor Research and Resource Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, January 2000
BA, Women’s Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests

History of consumer activism and gender
Motherhood and working-class women
Women’s labor education and worker leadership
Intersections of feminism and class
History of labor union auxiliaries

Professor Twarog is currently writing a book, Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth Century America, which examines the ways in which American housewives engaged in grassroots consumer protests and used the supermarket as a political space to influence public policies on food affordability and transparency in food packaging and labeling.


LER 110 Labor and Social Movement
LER 130 Labor History
LER 320 Gender, Race, Class and Work


Twitter: @etwarog
Blog: Domestic Politics 
Blog: Mothering and Work