UIC Distinguished Professor of History
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Leon Fink, a specialist in American labor, immigration history, and the Gilded Age/Progressive Era, directs the Ph.D. 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.
The author or editor of eight books, Fink's most recent work seeks out the roots of today's "globalized" economic order in Sweatshops at Sea: Merchant Seamen in the World’s First Globalized Industry, from 1812 to 2000 (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), a study of maritime labor regulation, 1800-2000. He also just released an edited volume entitled Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). In 2003, he traced the trans-national experience of recent Latino immigrants in The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South (University of North Carolina Press, 2003). Other works include: Progressive Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Democratic Commitment (Harvard University Press, 1998), In Search of the Working Class: Essays in American Labor History and Political Culture (University of Illinois Press, 1994), Upheaval in the Quiet Zone:1199SEIU and the Politics of Health Care Unionism, co-authored with Brian Greenberg (University of Illinois Press, 2nd ed. 2009) and Workingmen's Democracy: The Knights of Labor and American Politics (University of Illinois Press, 1983).
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.