Leon Fink
Distinguished Professor
History Department


Leon Fink, a specialist in American labor, immigration history, and the Gilded Age/Progressive Era, directs the PhD concentration in the History of Work, Race, and Gender in the Urban World (WRGUW) and edits the journal, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas. Seeking the roots of today's "globalized" economic order, he is currently at work on a study of maritime labor regulation, 1800-2000.  The author or editor of seven books, he has most recently traced the trans-national experience of recent Latino immigrants in The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South (U. of North Carolina Press, 2003). Other works include Progressive Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Democratic Commitment (Harvard U. Press, 1998), In Search of the Working Class: Essays in American Labor History and Political Culture (U. of Illinois Press, 1994), Upheaval in the Quiet Zone:1199SEIU and the Politics of Health Care Unionism (second edition, 2009) [co-authored with Brian Greenberg] and Workingmen's Democracy: The Knights of Labor and American Politics (U. of Illinois Press, 1983). A Fulbright Senior Scholar and past NEH Fellow, Professor Fink has also taken a leading role in national history education circles, where he has stressed the necessary collaboration between the university and the public schools.