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DePOT is excited to announce a new partnership with Georgetown University, a research university based in Washington D.C. With this partnership, we are excited to welcome Dr Sherry Lee Linkon to our team.

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 twenty first-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.

DePOT project members may have met Dr Linkon last summer when she was a mentor for the “Life-Writing Deindustrialization” workshop or attended the Politics of Industrial Closure conference in Cape Breton.

Welcome to the project!