Beth English is a research associate at LISD and is director of the Institute's Project on Women in the Global Community. She is also an instructor with Princeton University’s Prison Teaching Initiative. She received her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, where she was a Glucksman Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
English's research and teaching focus on historical and contemporary labor and working class issues, gender, and the global South. She is the co-editor of Global Women's Work in Transition (with Mary E. Frederickson and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama, forthcoming, Routledge); 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.).
As director of the Project on Women in the Global Community, English oversees the Institute’s initiatives on Women, Peace and Security; Women’s Economic Security; and Children and Armed Conflict; and manages the LISD’s publication program. She has organized and chaired several policy workshops.
Ph.D., William and Mary, 2003.