The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies
The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, which began as Dr. Lisa Kirby’s Lebrecht Endowed Chair for Scholarly and Civic Engagement project (2013-2015), is now a center that is housed in the Division of Communication and Humanities at Collin College’s Plano Campus. The Center urges an appreciation of the academic discipline of Working-Class Studies and the centrality of class in order to understand the history, politics, economy, and culture of the United States.
The Center hosts an annual Labor Day kick-off event in the fall semester, as well as a one-day, interdisciplinary conference in the spring. It sponsors a registered student organization, Working-Class Heroes, and an annual student essay contest. The Center also provides support to faculty who may want to integrate Working-Class Studies into their pedagogy.
Mission: To raise awareness about issues of social class and work and to provide opportunities for collaboration among faculty, students, and community members.
Lisa A. Kirby, Professor of English
Millie Black, Political Science (Wylie Campus)
Catie Brooks, Sociology (McKinney Campus)
Lishan Desta, Political Science (McKinney Campus)
Laura Hicks, Economics (Frisco Campus)
Michael Latham, Economics (Plano Campus)
Melody Miyamoto Walters, History (Allen Technical Campus)
Mark Popowski, History (Frisco Campus)
Ryan Pettengill, History (Wylie Campus)
Michael Schueth, English (Plano Campus)
Barbara Lusk Stern, Psychology (Plano Campus)
Larry Stern, Sociology (Plano Campus)
Lupita Tinnen, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (Frisco Campus)
Sam Tullock, History (Plano Campus)
Kyle Wilkison, History (Plano Campus)