Beth A. English

Associate Research Scholar, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD)

017 Bendheim Hall


  • Gender
  • US South
  • Global South
  • Labor Studies
  • History
  • Politics
  • Economy


Beth English is director of the Liechtenstein Institute's Project on Gender in the Global Community. She is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program, and is also an instructor with Princeton University’s Prison Teaching Initiative. She received her Ph.D. in History from the College of William and Mary, where she was a Glucksman Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

English's research and teaching focus primarily on gender, historical and contemporary labor and working class issues, politics and society, global economy, and the U.S. and Global Souths. She is the co-editor of Global Women's Work: Perspectives on Gender and Work in the Global Economy (with Mary E. Frederickson and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama); author of A Common Thread: Labor, Politics, and Capital Mobility in the Textile Industry; and a contributing author to several edited volumes focusing on gender and on the U.S. South. Her recent articles include, “Global Women’s Work: Historical Perspectives on the Textile and Garment Industries”(Journal of International Affairs), and “La mort de Dixie? (The Death of Dixie?)” (Politique Américaine, with co-author Bryant Simon). Her article, "'I . . . Have a Lot of Work to Do': Cotton Mill Work and Women's Culture in Matoaca, Virginia, 1888-1895" was recognized as one of the Organization of American Historians' Best American History Essays of 2008 (David Roediger, ed.). She is the producer and host of the podcast, Working History.

As director of the Project on Gender in the Global Community, English oversees the Institute’s initiatives on Women, Peace and Security; Women’s Economic Security; Children and Armed Conflict; and Prevention of Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence. Around these issues, English has organized and chaired policy workshops, and frequently presents at symposia and conferences. She co-directs the Project's student fellows program, organized around the theme of "Gender, Law, and Security."   


(Ph.D., William and Mary, 2003)


Teaching Materials

Course: Gender at Work
Course Code: WRI 139
Term: Fall 2018

This Writing Seminar explores the myriad ways labor and gender collide, often in revolutionary ways. A full seminar description is available on the Princeton Writing Program website.