Member Feature – WCSA At-Large Member Elwood Watson Ph.D.

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Dr Watson writes for many public facing outlets

Dr Elwood Watson is a public intellectual.

Increasing interest and racial diversity in WCSA

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In this Week’s Working-Class Perspectives – Envisioning a 21st-Century Worker-Centered Social Compact

The multiple crises of the last few years make clear that the U.S. — and much of the world — is in a period of struggle but also of transformation. In times like these, Joseph A. McCartin argues in Working-Class Perspectives this week, we need a compelling and plausible vision for a more just society, one that will provide a rallying call for working-class organizing and activism. Without it, McCartin writes, the powerless stand little chance before the forces of entrenched power. 

In early June, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, which McCartin leads, will bring together people from unions, think tanks, faith communities, academia, and advocacy organizations to develop that vision.

Working-Class Studies Association Logo Contest

Calling all Working-Class Artists! Our logo contest is still running.

Contest Rules: Please submit a 1280 x 1280 pixels image of your WCSA logo design as a png, jpeg, and pdf. Provide your contact information so we can follow up with you if awarded. If you’d like to collaborate, this is welcomed. In the case of it, prize money will be split between the winning group members. The contest winner(s) agrees to share their design for WCSA use across its platforms indefinitely.

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2022. Awardees will be announced soon after. Contest award: 500 US dollars. Make your submissions here.



The conference is ONE MONTH away! If you are planning on coming, please register as soon as you can! It is important for us to have a reliable headcount as we make the final arrangements for our first live conference since 2019. We particularly need those attending the banquet to purchase their banquet ticket in advance, as we will be sending each ticket holder a short survey about menu choice and dietary restrictions very soon. Same day registration is significantly higher than the current pre-registration rate!

You can register here. For more information about the conference head on over to our website here. And just in case you haven’t heard, this year’s conference also has a Zoom track.

WCSA 2022 Conference Zoom track

Can’t Attend the ’22 WCSA Conference in Person? No problem! Register to participate online via Zoom in a parallel track of speaker-panels: Take a look at the Conference Program to see them listed. In addition to these panels, Zoom participants will also have access to plenaries, the business meeting, and the awards ceremony. Registration for WCSA members who join via Zoom is $50 US dollars. Registrants will be sent an access code/Zoom invite at the start of the Conference.

Reminder! Nominations Open for WCSA Officers

Nominations for WCSA officers are now open.  We need nominees for the following positions for the 2022-23 year:

  • President-Elect (3-year cycle through President and Past President)
  • Secretary (2-year term)
  • Two at-large members of the Executive Committee (2-year terms)
  • Chair-Elect of Working-Class Academics Section (2-year cycle through Chair)
  • One member of the Elections Committee (3-year term)

Self-nominations are most welcome.  For descriptions of each position, see “V. Responsibility of Officers” in our Constitutional bylaws (pdf).  Send nominations to the Chair of the Elections Committee, Jill Ann Harrison at  If self-nominating, please send a brief bio that can be circulated during the election.  If nominating someone else, please include an email address so we can contact that person. 

Nominations will remain open through the Business Meeting at our Conference June 20-23, 2022 at Oregon State University and over Zoom. This meeting will be conducted on-ground and via Zoom. Don’t miss it! And please act now if you are willing to serve or know someone who is.