Elizabeth V. Faue (ad5247)

University information

Title: Director, Academic
Unit: Center Labor Studies
Department: Provost & VP Academic Affairs

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3094 Faculty/Administration Bl
Department Of History
Detroit, 48202

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Title: Professor
Phone: 313-577-2525
Fax: 313-577-6987

255 Reuther Library; 3173 Faculty/Administration Bldg

Curriculum Vitae: https://people.wayne.edu/profile/ad5247/1578/faue_professional_record_revised_2024.docx 82535 1707880067 file
Social Media: https://twitter.com/evfaue_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, labor studies, critical engagement and higher education. Currently director of Labor@Wayne, she served as chair of the Department of History from 2015-2023, as associate dean of the Graduate School from 2007 to 2009, and as director of graduate studies in History from 2010 to 2015. A union member for much of her career, Faue also is a first-generation college graduate and the daughter and granddaugher of unionists.

Faue is the author of "Rethinking the American Labor Movement" (Routledge, 2017), an interpretive history, "Community of Suffering and Struggle: Women and Men in the Labor Movement in Minneapolis 1915-1945" (University of North Carolina Press,1991) and "Writing the Wrongs: Eva Valesh and the Rise of Labor Journalism" (Cornell University Press, 2002). She has written more than fifty 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 and its relationship to American Democracy, and on the contemporary teacher and nurse activism. 

Since 2016, Faue has headed Career Diversity initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the History Department. She and her two colleagues, Tracy Neumann and Eric Ash, received an American Historical Association Career Diversity Implementation grant for 2018-2020 to improve doctoral education and expand career pathways in History. In 2016-2018, Faue was 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 University for August 2017-May 2018. The Challenge Grant project sought 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 focused on two aspects--developing skills and knowledge of faculty mentors, thus creating a new cohort of Next Generation Humanities PhD Mentors, and on creating new models for Humanities-based internships for doctoral students to enhance professional development. As part of the NEH Grant, and with support from the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Next Generation Humanities PhD Steering Committee established pilot Humanities Clinics in summer 2017 and summer 2018, along with traditional internships, that offered professional experience to doctoral students in the Humanities and Social Sciences and opportunities to network, engage with community, and enhance their skills. Faue continued to serve as executive director of the Humanities Clinic and postdoctoral mentor to its managing director, Lillian Wilson, for the Clinic, now in its eighth year.

As coordinator for the North American Labor History Conference between 1991 and 2003, Elizabeth 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 and of the Working Class Studies 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(s)/area of expertise:

Gender and women's history

Labor and working class history

Politics and policy, 20th century U.S., and comparative

Occupational health and safety


Nurse and teacher labor activism; occupational health and safety; environmental history; family history and genealogy

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications: Susan B. Anthony Postdoctoral Fellow in Women's Studies, University of Rochester, 1988-1990 Ph.D., University of Minnesota (History) 1987 M.A., University of Minnesota (History) 1985 B.A., University of Minnesota (English, Summa Cum Laude), 1979
Awards and grants:

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

American Historical Association Career Diversity Implementation grant (co-PI with Eric Ash and Tracy Neumann), 2018-2020

American Historical Association, Career Diversity Faculty Institutes grant, 2017-2018

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

  • “Responding to the Shadow of Tragedy: Jeanne Stellman and the Work of the Women’s Occupational Resource Center,” co-authored with Amanda Lauren Walter, Journal of Women’s History (2022), 94-115
  • “Work and the Politics of the Injured Body: Health, Gender, and Workplace Democracy in the United States,” in E. Betti, S. Neunsinger, L. Papastefanaki, M. Tolomelli, S. Zimmermann, eds, Women, Work, and Agency: Organizing and Activism around the World in the Long 20th Century, Work and Labor Transdisciplinary Studies for the 21st Century series (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2022), 187-208
  • “The Precarious Work of Care:  OSHA, AIDS, and Women Health Care Workers, 1983-2000.” Co-authored with Josiah Rector. Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas 17:4 (December 2020), 9-33
  • “Fix the Workplace, Not the Worker: Labour Feminism and the Shifting Grounds of Equality in the U.S. Workplace, 1960-91,” co-authored with Josiah Rector and Amanda Lauren Walter, Labour History 119 (November 2020), 93-114
  • “Battle for or in the Classroom: Teacher Strikes in the Context of School Violence and Integration,” in Strike for the Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education, eds. Rebecca Kolins Givan and Amy Schrager Lang (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2020), 36-49
  • “The Laboring of American Journalism—The Other ‘Labor Beat,’” Journalism and Communication Monographs 22:1 (March 2020), 81-86; published February 10, 2020
  • “In a World of Fragmentation, There is No Single Working-Class Story,” in How Does Documentary Pop the Political Bubble: Retrospective of Julia Reichert’s Fifty Years in FilmSound Board online forum, Moving Image Department, Walker Art Center and East Side Freedom Library, February 2020
  • “Radical Experience and the Surveillance State,” Reviews in American History 45:1 (March 2017), 136-144
  • “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
Elizabeth V. Faue


Title: Director, Labor@Wayne
Office Location:

 255 Walter P Reuther Library


 Elizabeth Faue

Director, Labor@Wayne
Chair and Professor, Department of History

Elizabeth Faue is Director of Labor@Wayne and Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Wayne State University. She specializes in labor and working-class history and women’s and gender history. Her current research projects are on the activism of teachers and nurses and the idea of the public good and occupational health and safety; her interests include interdisciplinary and comparative work in labor and workplace studies.

Recently, Elizabeth Faue received the Distinguished Service to Labor and Working Class History Award (2022) at the Labor and Working Class History Association meeting at Rutgers University. It was awarded in recognition of her work in diversifying and democratizing labor history through her work as coordinator of the North American Labor History Conference (1991-2003) and in her scholarship. In fall 2023, she will be a visiting senior scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna working on her project, “Re-Discovering that Work Is Dangerous: Redefining Workplace Risk in the Late Twentieth Century.”

Faue’s publications include Community of Suffering and Struggle: Women, Men, and the Labor Movement in Minneapolis, 1915-1945 (1991), Writing the Wrongs: Eva Valesh and the Rise of Labor Journalism (2002), and Rethinking the American Labor Movement (2017), and more than 200 articles, book chapters, and book reviews. She edited special issues (Labor History 1993; Social Science History 2000) and the Encyclopedia of American History, volume 7 (2003; rev. 2010). She served on editorial boards for International Labor and Working Class History, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Labour History (Australia), Labour History Review (U.K.), Workers of the World: International Journal of Strikes and Conflicts (Brazil), and Social Science History.

The daughter of union parents and, while faculty, a third-generation union member, Elizabeth Faue received her B.A. (1979) in English summa cum laude and her M.A. in history (1985) at the University of Minnesota before finishing her doctorate there in 1987. Susan B. Anthony Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester from 1988-1990, she came to Wayne State University in Fall 1990 as an Assistant Professor. In 1993, she was tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, and she became a full professor in 2002. She was Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School (2007-2009) and Director of Graduate Studies in History (2010-2015). She became History Department Chair in 2015 and Director of Labor@Wayne in Fall 2022.

Faue has been the recipient of many awards, including Board of Governors’ Faculty Recognition Award (1992, 2018), Career Development Chair (1995-96), Outstanding Graduate Mentor (2000), Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellowship (2004-05), and the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award (2018). Faue was Visiting Senior Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (1994-95) and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University (1995-96). She has excelled as an academic leader, especially in graduate education. She served in the Graduate School on the Graduate Council and as Interim Associate Dean. She chaired the Master’s Advisory Committee in 2013-2014. As lead co-PI she received a National Endowment for the Humanities Next Generation Humanities PhD planning grant, which created the WSU Humanities Clinic (established 2017). An advocate for graduate education, Faue has been a co-PI on Career Diversity grants from the American Historical Association and the Council of Graduate Schools grant on career pathways. She has a signal interest in interdisciplinary curriculum and in integrating internships into undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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