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Samuel W. White, Ph.D.

Professor & Director – Apprenticeship Pathway Degree Program – Institute for Labor Studies & Research

Dr. White has developed and taught labor studies courses focused on the history of labor, work organization, industrial relations and the meaning of work in the modern United States. His teaching experiences have involved curriculum development and instruction for organizations within the automobile, steel, and the building and construction industries. Dr. White's research interests include the role of the state in shaping the industrial relations environment. 

In 2005, he published a book titled, Fragile Alliances: Labor and Politics in Evansville, Indiana, 1915-1955, that dealt with organized labor’s largely unsuccessful efforts to build sustained political alliances in the tri-state area in and around Evansville, Indiana.  Parallel to this research has been his ongoing interest in the influence of government policy in shaping industrial relations in the building and construction industry and the structure and function of craft unions over time.

Dr. White also serves as director of the Apprenticeship Pathway Degree Program at WVU and is the chairperson of the West Virginia Apprenticeship Committee.

Expertise: Apprenticeship, Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Labor History, Labor Unions, Building Trades, Construction Labor, Construction Industry


  • Ph.D., State University of New York
  • M.A., Purdue University
  • B.A., Purdue University
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