Jefferson Cowie holds the ILR Dean’s Professor Chair at Cornell University. Interested in class and inequality in the United States, he is the author of Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, which won the Francis Parkman and Merle Curti Prizes; Capital Moves: RCA’s Seventy-Year Quest for Cheap Labor, which won the Phillip Taft Prize for Labor History; and editor with Joseph Heathcott ofBeyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization. His latest book, The Long Exception: The New Deal and American History will be published by Princeton University Press. He is currently at work on a global history of the idea of the wage.

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