Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History
Walter Licht received his B.A. from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. Licht’s expertise lies in the history of work and labor markets, and he teaches courses in American economic and labor history.
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, recipient of the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians for the best book published in American social history and the Philip S. Klein Prize of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.
Licht began teaching at Penn in 1977. He has received the Ira Abrams Memorial Prize for Distinguished Teaching awarded by Penn Arts & Sciences and many grants and fellowships to pursue his scholarly interests. Licht has previously been Undergraduate Chair of the Department of History for four years, Graduate Chair for six, and Chair for three. He also served as Associate Dean in Penn Arts & Sciences for ten years, responsible 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. Licht is now working on a book entitled American Capitalisms: A Global History.