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Samuel W. White

Adjunct Professor


  • Ph.D., U.S. Social and Labor, State University of New York
  • M.A., American Studies, Purdue University
  • B.A., History, Purdue University 

Research Interests

Dr. White’s research interests include the role of the state in shaping the industrial relations environment.  His book titled Fragile Alliances: Labor and Politics in Evansville, Indiana, 1915-1955 examines organized labor’s largely unsuccessful efforts to build sustained political alliances in the tri-state area in and around Evansville, Indiana.  Parallel to this research has been his ongoing interest in the influence of government policy in shaping industrial relations in the building and construction industry and the structure and function of craft unions over time.

Dr. White has developed and taught labor studies courses focused on the history of labor, work organization, industrial relations, and the meaning of work in the modern United States.  His teaching experiences have included curriculum development and instruction for organizations within the automobile, steel, and the building and construction industries and funding from several industry-based national training organizations.