Blog editor, Sherry Linkon, Co-directed the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University for more than a decade. Her Working-Class Studies research focuses on issues of education, diversity, literature and the arts, and pop culture. A professor of English at Georgetown University, she is also an expert on teaching and learning in the humanities.
Nick Coles teaches working-class literature at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Past-President of the Working-Class Studies Association.
Tim Francisco is an Associate Professor of English at YSU, where he also teaches in the Journalism program.
Leo Jennings is a political consultant with Rubenstein Associates. He has worked with the Center for Working-Class Studies on research about working-class voters.
Jack Metzgar is a retired Professor of Humanities from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he is a core member of the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies. His research interests include labor politics, working-class voting patterns, working-class culture, and popular and political discourse about class.
Denise Narcisse is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at YSU. Her research examines how class, gender, and race shape women’s work lives and the U.S. labor market.
Kathy M. Newman is professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. She was involved in the effort to unionize Teaching Assistants at Yale University in the 1990s and she is currently finishing a book, Blacklisted and Bluecollared: How Americans Saw Class in the 1950s.
John Russo is Coordinator of the Labor Studies Program in the Williamson College of Business Administration at YSU and Co-Director of the Center for Working-Class Studies. His research interests include the labor movement, changes in work, deindustrialization, globalization, and working-class politics.
Tim Strangleman is a Sociologist at the University of Kent and co-author of the textbook, Work and Society: Sociological Approaches, Themes and Methods.