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About Michael K Honey

Michael Honey teaches and writes about labor and civil rights history and the work and nonviolent philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Honey has published five books and edited a book of King's labor speeches; has won the Robert F. Kennedy and numerous other book awards; and is a Guggenheim fellow and recipient of other academic awards. Honey is a founder of UWT, former holder of the Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies for the University of Washigton and current holder of the Fred and Dorothy Haley Humanities Professorship at UWT.


Present 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in the Humanities, University of Washington Tacoma
Present Director, University of Washington Tacoma Center for the Study of Community and Society
Present Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2005
  • expert on race relations, OAH national listing, 2016
  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award, Morehouse College ML King Chapel, Atlanta, 2011
  • Distinguished Research Award, University of Washington, Tacoma, January, 2011
  • Weyerhaueser Martin Luther King Award for community leadership and service, 2008
  • National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, 2004-05, 1989-90
  • Rockefeller Foundation fellow, Bellagio, Italy, Conference Center, February 2004
  • Harry Bridges Endowed Chair of Labor Studies, University of Washington, 2000-2004
  • Huntington Library research fellow, Pasadena, CA, 2000
  • National Humanities Center fellow, Research Triangle Park, N.C., 1995-
  • College Teacher Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Junior External Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, 1989-90
  • American Council of Learned Societies grant-in-aid, 1989
  • National Historical Records and Publications Commission documentary editing fellow, Freedom History Project, University of Maryland, College Park, 1981-82
  • Charles Thomson Prize, OAH and the National Archives 1986 for the best article in Prologue the journal of the National Archives


  • THIST 440: Black Labor in America: Labor and Civil Rights History
  • THIST 437: History and Memory: Doing Community History
  • THIST 416: Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis (comparative African American radicalisms)
  • THIST 343: Vietnam and the 1960s
  • THIST 336: African American, Labor and Protest Music in American History
  • THIST 322: American Labor Since the Civil War


1988 Ph.D, Northern Illinois University ‐ History
B.A., Oakland University ‐ History
M.A., Howard University ‐ History

Contact Information

Phone: 253-692-4454
Room: GWP 422


Videos (5)

Interviews (3)

Editorials (3)

Films (1)

Books (6)

Contributions to Books (12)