Robert Wolensky

Professor (Emeritus)

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, Pennsylvania State University

M.A., Sociology, Pennsylvania State University

B.S., Sociology, Villanova University

Select Publications

Book Review of Alan Murray, Holding the Line: A Narrative History of Australian Coal Miners and their Union in the 1980s (Sydney: CFMEU - Mining and Energy, 2009), appearing in Common Cause, Summer 2010.

"The Leasing System at the Pennsylvania Coal Company: Development and Resistance,” in Lance Metz (ed.), Canal History and Technology Proceedings, Volume XXVIII, Easton, PA: Canal History and Technology Press, 2010.

Book Review of Ronald L. Lewis, Welsh Americans: A History of Assimilation in the Coal Fields (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2008), forthcoming in the Journal of American Ethnic History.

“Rinaldo Cappellini and the Anthracite Labor Wars of 1920-1935,” in Lance Metz (ed.), Canal History and Technology Proceedings, Volume XXVIII, Easton, PA: Canal History and Technology Press, 2009.

Tragedy at Avondale: The Causes, Consequences, and Legacy of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Industry’s Most Deadly Mining Disaster, September 6, 1869, Easton PA: Canal Museum and Technology Press. (co-authored)

“Remaking Local Government? Political Culture and Charter Reform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1968-2001,” Pennsylvania History. 73 (Fall2006). (co-authored)


Honors and Awards

  • Grant: Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Development, to organize the 18th Conference on the Small City and Regional Community, and a Workshop on Sustainable Development Conference during the 2011.
  • Fellowship: University of Wisconsin System, Institute for 21st Century Studies, UW-Milwaukee, “Anthracite Stories: The Shifting Ground of Narrative and Memory in an Industrial Region of the United States, 1830-2000.” (In Residence) Spring 2010.
  • Grant: “The Northeastern Pennsylvania Oral and Life History Project,” with King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. 2006-08
  • Fellowship: University of Wisconsin System, Institute for 21st Century Studies, UW-Milwaukee, “Needlepoint Narratives: An Oral History of Women Garment Workers in Pennsylvania.” (In Residence) 2006-07.
  • Honor: The Eugene Katz Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Letters and Science, UW-Stevens Point. 2005.
  • Honory: Scholarship Award, Department of Sociology, UW- Stevens Point. 2004-08.

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Oral History Association (Link)
  • Wisconsin Sociological Association (WSA)
  • Pennsylvania Historical Society (HSP)
  • Oral History Association in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)
  • Luzerne County (PA) Historical Society
  • Lackawanna County (PA) Historical Society
  • Schuylkill County (PA) Historical Society
  • Anthracite Living History Group
  • Huber Breaker Preservation Society
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