Daniel Gilbert


School of Labor and Employment Relations and Department of History

217 LER Building, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820


PhD, American Studies, Yale University, 2008
BA, Music, Wesleyan University, 1998

Research Interests

Dan is a labor and cultural historian of the modern United States. He is especially interested in the labor histories of workers in the culture industries, and the ways in which working people have shaped forms of cultural representation.

One of Dan’s primary areas of interest is the labor history of sports. His first book, Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball in the Age of Free Agency (University of Massachusetts Press), was published in 2013. You can hear Dan discussing the book on National Public Radio by following this link.

Along with his ongoing research on sports, Dan is working on a new project about the cultural history of public sector labor.


LER 100: Introduction to Labor Studies
LER 110: Labor and Social Movements
LER 120: Contemporary Labor Problems
LER 199: Work and Labor in the Sports Industry
GCL 200: Frameworks for Inequality

Personal Interests

Dan is also a musician and songwriter. In 2011, he released an album of his music titled The Great Recession Goodbye.

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