Emily E. LB. Twarog

Associate Professor & Co-Director- Regina V Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Programs
Labor Education Program (Chicago)
Headshot of professor Emily E LaBarbera Twarog. She's wearing a green blouse, has short dark hair and glasses, and is smiling at the camera.
Rice Building, Suite 110, 815 W. Van Buren, Chicago, IL 60607


PhD, American History, University of Illinois at Chicago, July 2011
Dissertation: “Beyond the Strike Kitchen: Housewives and Domestic Politics, 1936-1973”
MA, American History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, May 2004
MS, Labor Research and Resource Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, January 2000
BA, Women’s Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests

History of consumer activism and gender
Motherhood and working-class women
Women’s labor education and worker leadership
Intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality and work
History of labor union auxiliaries
Gender Violence in the workplace
Global labor union leadership


Emily E. LB. Twarog, Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Emily E. LB. Twarog. “The Ghosts of Elections Past, Present, and Future: Gender and Racism in Electoral Politics,” Labor Studies Journal Volume 42, Number 4 (December 2017).

Emily E. LB. Twarog. “The Polk School: Intersections of Women’s Labor Leadership Education and the Public Sphere” in Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fore-Slocum, and John McKerley (eds.), Civic Labors: Scholars, Teachers, Activists, and Working-Class History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Emily E. LB. Twarog, Jennifer Sherer, Brigid O’Farrell, and Cheryl Coney.“Labor Education and Leadership Development for Union Women: Assessing the Past, Building for the Future,” Labor Studies Journal Volume 41, Number 1 (March 2016), 9-35

Applied Research

Alison Dickson, Robert Bruno, and Emily E. LB. Twarog, “The Shift Work Shuffle: Flexibility and Instability for Chicago’s Fast Food Workforce,” Labor Education Program – Project for Middle Class Renewal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 7, 2015.

Robert Bruno, Emily E. LB. Twarog, and Brandon Grant, “Advancing Construction Industry Diversity: A Pilot Study of the East Central Area Building Trades Council,” Project for Middle Class Renewal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 14, 2016.

Twarog,  Nursing Under Pressure: Workplace Violence in the Illinois Healthcare Industry


LER 110 Labor and Social Movement
LER 130 Labor History
LER 320 Gender, Race, Class and Work


Blog: Domestic Politics