Joseph A. McCartin is Professor of History and Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1999. He is a historian of the U.S. labor movement and 20th century U.S. social and political history. His research focuses on the intersection of labor organization, politics, and public policy. His first book,Labor’s Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations , won the 1999 Philip Taft Labor History Book Award . His most recent book, Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America , examines the origins and implications of the 1981 PATCO strike of air traffic controllers. It won the Richard A. Lester Award for the Outstanding Book on Industrial Relations and Labor Economics published in 2011. His current research explores the impact of public sector labor organization on politics, government, and private sector labor relations. He is a member of the steering committee of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice , the editorial committee of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas , and the national board of Interfaith Worker Justice . Prior to entering academia, he worked as a community and labor organizer.