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Walter Annenberg Professor of History: Walter Licht
October 30, 2007, Volume 54, No. 10



Annenberg Professor of History, School of Arts and Sciences Dean Rebecca Bushnell announced recently. Dr. Licht’s expertise lies in the history of work and abor markets, and he teaches courses in American economic and labor history. He is currently chair of the history department. 

His books include Working for the Railroad: The Organization of Work in the Nineteenth Century, which received the Philip Taft Labor History Prize; the co-authored Work Sights: Industrial Philadelphia, 1890-1950; Getting Work: Philadelphia, 1840-1950; Industrializing America: The Nineteenth Century; and the co-authored The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century. The latter book won the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians for the best book published in American social history in 2005 and the Philip S. Klein Prize of the Pennsylvania Historical Association. Currently, he is working on a new book, American Capitalisms: The U.S. Economy in World Historic and Shifting Perspective.

Dr. Licht began teaching at Penn in 1977. He has received the SAS Ira Abrams Prize for Distinguished Teaching as well as many grants and fellowships to pursue his scholarly interests. He has been undergraduate chair of the history department for four years and graduate chair for six. He also served as associate dean in the School of Arts and Sciences for 10 years, when he was responsible at various times for graduate education, social science departments, area studies programs and research and education centers. He is currently faculty director of Civic House and the Penn Civic Scholars Program.

The Annenberg chair was established through the generosity of the late Honorable Walter Annenberg, W ’31, Hon ’66, and his wife Honorable Leonore Annenberg, Hon ’85. Ambassador Annenberg enjoyed a career as an editor and publisher, broadcaster, diplomat and philanthropist. Mrs. Annenberg served as White House chief of protocol under President Ronald Reagan. Ambassador and Mrs. Annenberg have been generous supporters of Penn and patrons of education across the US. They and the Annenberg Foundation have endowed 13 chairs in SAS and have made many more generous contributions to the University. Mrs. Annenberg is an emeritus trustee, as was the late Ambassador Annenberg.


Almanac - October 30, 2007, Volume 54, No. 10