Graduate Faculty

Cobble, Dorothy Sue

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  • Distinguished Professor
  • Department: Department of History
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  • Office: 204 Van Dyck Hall, Rm 154



Ph.D., American History, Stanford University, 1986

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Professor Dorothy Sue Cobble's research interests include 20th century U.S. political, social, and intellectual history; global and comparative social movements and social policy; women's and gender history; labor and working-class history; women and work; global labor. 

Biographical Notes

Dorothy Sue Cobble is a Distinguished Professor of History and Labor Studies and is on the Graduate Faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. 

Her books include The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America (Princeton, 2004), which won the 2005 Philip Taft Book Prize for the best book in American labor history in 2004 and other prizes; the award-winning Dishing It Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century(University of Illinois, 1991); Women and Unions: Forging A Partnership (Cornell, 1993); and The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor (Cornell, 2007). In 2010, she won theSol Stetin Award for Career Achievement in Labor History from the Sidney Hillman Foundation in New York City.

Professor Cobble has written numerous articles for anthologies, scholarly journals, general interest magazines, newspapers, and on-line sites. Her essays are frequently reprinted and have been translated into Italian, Swedish, Japanese, and French. She is the recipient of fellowships and research funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the U. S. Department of Labor, and other sources. She is also an Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer, a position which enables her to speak to diverse audiences across the country hosted by colleges, historical societies, museums, and teacher workshops.

Currently she is writing on working women’s internationalism and on U.S. labor’s contributions to the rise of social democracy. She is also completing a biography of consumer and women’s rights activist Esther Peterson. Professor Cobble is an editor of the journal International Labor and Working-Class History, published by Cambridge University Press and housed at Rutgers University. 

For a profile of Dorothy Sue Cobble, please read the September 2010 issue of Rutgers' Focus.

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Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2010-2011.
  • 2010 Sol Stetin Award for Career Achievement in Labor History, Sidney Hillman Foundation.
  • Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, 2007-2008.
  • Philip Taft Book Prize for The Other Women’s Movement, 2005.
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, 1999-2000.
  • Herbert A. Gutman Book Prize for Dishing It Out, University of Illinois Press, 1992.
Professional Memberships
  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Labor and Employment Relations Associations
  • Labor and Working-Class History Association
  • Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
  • Working-Class Studies Association