Emily E. LB. Twarog


Labor Education Program (Chicago)

Emily E. LB. Twarog

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

Trained as a historian, Twarog’s research takes an intersectional approach in examining the history of women, work, and organizations as well as current strategies for building women’s leadership within the labor movement. She is currently working on a book that explores the history of sexual harassment resistance among US service sector workers in the 20th century.


Emily E. LB. Twarog, Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Emily E. LB. Twarog. “The Ghosts of Elections Past, Present, and Future: Gender and Racism in Electoral Politics,” Labor Studies Journal Volume 42, Number 4 (December 2017).

Emily E. LB. Twarog. “The Polk School: Intersections of Women’s Labor Leadership Education and the Public Sphere” in Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fore-Slocum, and John McKerley (eds.), Civic Labors: Scholars, Teachers, Activists, and Working-Class History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Emily E. LB. Twarog, Jennifer Sherer, Brigid O’Farrell, and Cheryl Coney.“Labor Education and Leadership Development for Union Women: Assessing the Past, Building for the Future,” Labor Studies Journal Volume 41, Number 1 (March 2016), 9-35

Applied Research

Alison Dickson, Robert Bruno, and Emily E. LB. Twarog, “The Shift Work Shuffle: Flexibility and Instability for Chicago’s Fast Food Workforce,” Labor Education Program – Project for Middle Class Renewal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 7, 2015.

Robert Bruno, Emily E. LB. Twarog, and Brandon Grant, “Advancing Construction Industry Diversity: A Pilot Study of the East Central Area Building Trades Council,” Project for Middle Class Renewal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 14, 2016.

Twarog,  Nursing Under Pressure: Workplace Violence in the Illinois Healthcare Industry


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


Blog: Domestic Politics 

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