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

Steven Ashby

Clinical Full Professor

Labor Education Program (Chicago)

Rice Building, Suite 110, 815 W. Van Buren Chicago, IL 60607

Education

PhD, American History, University of Chicago, 1993

MA, International Relations, University of Chicago, 1989

BA, Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, 1987

Awards

2017: Best Book of the Year award, United Association for Labor Education, “A Fight for the Soul of Public Education: The Story of the Chicago Teachers Strike”

2013: Special individual recognition and United Association for Labor Education 2013 Award to LEP for Outstanding Contribution to the Field

2011: Teaching Academy Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2010: Best Book of the Year award, Working Class Studies Association, “Staley: The Fight for a New American Labor Movement”

2010: Best Book of the Year award, United Association for Labor Education, “Staley: The Fight for a New American Labor Movement”

2010: Best Book of the Year award, Illinois State Historical Association, “Staley: The Fight for a New American Labor Movement”

2009: Teaching Academy Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2003: Labor and Employment Research Association’s “Excellence in Education” National Teaching Award

2003: Indiana University Trustee’s “Excellence in Teaching” Award

Research Interests

Professor Ashby’s research interests focus on the U.S. labor movement. He researches and teaches about union corporate campaigns, contract campaigns, work-to-rule, strikes, strike strategy, labor-community coalitions, political involvement, and non-violent civil disobedience. As well, his research focuses on teachers and teachers’ unions.

Courses

Introduction to Labor Studies

Labor and Social Movements

Globalization and Workers

Extension courses for unionists, including: U.S. labor history, contract campaigns and internal organizing, steward training, union leadership, unions 101, and the state of U.S. workers and unions