Elizabeth Faue

Elizabeth Faue

Department Chair

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Elizabeth Faue

Elizabeth Faue is known for her work exploring the gendered dimensions of labor, politics, and working-class experience and as an advocate for interdisciplinary scholarship, critical engagement, and higher education. Currently Chair of the Department of History at Wayne State University, she served as associate dean of the Graduate School from 2007 to 2009 and as Director of Graduate Studies in History from 2010 to 2015.

Faue is the author of the newly published Rethinking the American Labor Movement (Routledge, 2017), Community of Suffering and Struggle (University of North Carolina Press,1991), on gender in the labor movement of the 1930s, and Writing the Wrongs (Cornell University Press, 2002), a biography of labor journalist, Eva McDonald Valesh. She has written more than thirty articles and nearly 200 other publications. She edited volume 7 of Encyclopedia of American History (The Making of Modern America, 1900-1929) and special issues of Labor History (1993) and Social Science History (2000). Her current research focuses on changing workplace risk and endangerment since the 1970s.

This year, Faue is the Project Director of The Value of Humanities in the Global City, a National Endowment for the Humanities Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant awarded to Wayne State Fall 2016-2017.  The Challenge Grant project seeks to enhance the skills and experience of doctoral students in the broadly-defined Humanities to broaden career diversity and improve career outcomes in the changing landscape of employment and higher education.  The WSU's project is focusing on developing skills and knowledge of faculty mentors--creating two cohorts of Next Generation Humanities PhD Mentors through a series of workshops.  The project is creating new models for Humanities-based internships for doctoral students to enhance professional development. 

As coordinator for the North American Labor History Conference between 1991 and 2003, Dr. Faue brought over 2000 scholars to the annual conference. As a program chair and officer of the Social Science History Association, she expanded the labor network and made crucial links among scholars of different disciplines. One of the founding members of the Labor and Working Class History Association, she has served on the editorial boards of International Labor and Working Class History, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Workers of the World: International Journal of Strikes and Social Conflicts, Labour History, Labour History Review, Labor History, and Social Science History.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Gender and women's history

  •  Labor and working class history


 Occupational health and safety; environmental history; education

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Susan B. Anthony Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's Studies, University of Rochester, 1988-1990
  • PhD University of Minnesota (History) 1987
  • MA University of Minnesota (History) 1985
  • BA University of Minnesota (English, Summa Cum Laude), 1979

Awards and Grants

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant (2016-2017)

Selected Publications


Rethinking the American Labor Movement (Routledge, 2017)

Writing the Wrongs: Eva Valesh and the Rise of Labor Journalism (Cornell University Press, 2002)

Community of Suffering and Struggle: Women, Men and the Labor Movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 1991)

Articles, Chapters, and Review Essays

“Re-imagining Labor: Gender and New Directions in Labor and Working-Class History,” in Rethinking U.S. Labor History: Essays in the Working-Class Experience, 1756 - 2009, Donna Haverty-Stacke and Daniel J. Walkowitz, eds., (New York: Continuum Press, 2010), 266-288.

“United States of America,” Histories of Labour: National and Transnational Perspectives, Joan Allen, Alan Campbell, Malcolm Chase, John McIlroy, eds., Society for the Study of Labour History (London: Merlin Press, 2010), 164-195.

“’Methods of Mysticism’ and the Industrial Order: Michigan Labor Law, 1870-1940,” The History of Michigan Law, eds. Paul Finkelman and Martin Hershock (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006), 214-237.

“Shifting Labor’s Loyalties: Redefining Citizenship and Allegiance,” in Philip Abbott, ed, The Many Faces of Patriotism (Boston: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), 111-27.

“Gender, Class and History.” The New Working Class Studies. John Russo and Sherry Linkon, eds. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005), 19-31, 237-42.

“Revolutionary Desire: Redefining the Politics of Sexuality among American Radicals, 1919‑1945,” co-authored with Kathleen A. Brown, in Sexual Borderlands: Constructing an American Sexual Past, Kathleen Kennedy and Sharon Ullman eds, (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2003), 273-302.

"Social Bonds, Sexual Politics and Political Community on the U.S. Left, 1920s-1940s," coauthored with Kathleen A. Brown, Left History 7:1 (Spring 2001) 7-42.

"Reproducing the Class Struggle: Class, Gender and Social Reproduction in U.S. Labor History." Amerikanische Arbeitergeschichte Heute, edited by Irmgard Steinisch, Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts fur soziale Bewegungen (Bochum: Ruhr Universitaet, 2001), 47-66.

‘Paths of Unionization: Community, Bureaucracy, and Gender in the Minneapolis Labor Movement, 1935-1945,’ in Baron, ed, Work Engendered: Toward a New Labor History (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991), 296-319; reprinted in Lynd, ed, `We Are All Leaders': Essays on Alternative Unionism in the 1930s (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996), 172-98; "Gender and Community in the Minneapolis Labor Movement," in Gordon, ed, Major Problems in American History, 1920-1945 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin,1999), 356-63.

"Women, Family and Politics: The Farmer-Labor Women's Federation and Social Policy in the Great Depression." In Women, Politics, and Change in Twentieth Century America. Edited by Louise Tilly and Patricia Gurin. New York: Russell Sage, 1990. 436-456.

"The `Dynamo of Change': Gender and Solidarity in the American Labour Movement of the 1930s." Gender and History 1:2 (Summer 1989), 138-158.

Currently Teaching

  • HON 4250/HIS 3995 History of the Future, 3 credits, Winter 2017

  • HIS 8150/8030/8060  Seminar in the History of Gender, Sexuality, and Women/Modern U.S. History/North American Labor History, 3 credits, Fall 2017 ("Gender and Labor")


Courses taught

  • HIS 7855, Memory and History, 3 credits, Winter 2016