Sherry Lee Linkon is a Professor of English and American Studies at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on class, interdisciplinary learning, deindustrialization, and working-class literature. With John Russo, she co-authored Steeltown USA: Work and Memory in Youngstown (Kansas, 2002) and co-edited New Working-Class Studies (Cornell, 2005). With campus and community colleagues, she developed Steel Valley Voices, a digital archive of interviews and artifacts reflecting the experiences of 24 racial and ethnic groups in the Youngstown area. Her latest book, The Half-Life of Deindustrialization (Michigan, 2018), examines early twentyfirst-century working-class narratives reflecting the continuing effects of economic restructuring in the U.S. Her current research examines literature and photography by and about Black women’s perspectives on the legacies of deindustrialization. She was the founding President of the Working-Class Studies Association and edited the weekly blog, Working-Class Perspectives ( She teaches courses in working-class studies, urban studies, public humanities, and writing.

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