New York Labor History Association

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The 2020 Bellush Prize is being awarded to Pamela C. Nogales, a doctoral student at NYU and a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. Her entry, "Plebian Radicals in New England and the Shorter Working Day: American Reform and the Transatlantic Tradition of Social Democracy" examined the shorter hours movement in the textile industry in 19th century Massachusetts. The Wertheimer Prize is being awarded to Sophie Edelhart for her essay, "'Bad Girls Like Good Contracts': The Fight for Unionization at the Lusty Lady Theater in San Francisco, 1992-1998." Sophie is an undergraduate at Barnard College. She looked at the successful efforts among exotic dancers to form an SEIU union in the 1990s.

Abstracts for these papers can be found on the ( New York Labor History website



To recognize serious study in American labor and work history among undergraduate students, the New York Labor History Association annually awards the Barbara Wertheimer Prize for the best unpublished research paper written during the previous academic year. Wertheimer was a leading labor educator and scholar.



The Bernard Bellush Prize recognizes outstanding unpublished scholarship by graduate students in American labor and work history. Please do not submit a full dissertation. The Bellush Prize honors the contribution to labor history made by Bernie Bellush, as a scholar and as an activist.


Both the Bellush and Wertheimer Prize provide an award of $250 for the best research paper written during the 2020-2021 academic year. An abstract of each paper will be posted on the NYLHA website. Please encourage your graduate and undergraduate students to submit their work. Entries will be evaluated on the basis of scholarship and literary merit.

Entrants should email their paper to:


Brian Greenberg

18 Borden Street

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702



The deadline is July 1, 2021.