John T. Joyce Award

The Higgins Labor Program sponsors an annual contest for the John T. Joyce Award, which is given to the student who submits the best research paper, essay, poem, artwork or other intellectual product on work, workers' rights and/or broader questions of class and political economy.   

The award is named after supporter of the Higgins program and former President of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers, John T. Joyce, who attended Notre Dame in the 1950s.

The award winner receives a $200 cash award and a certificate of recognition.


2015 Award Winner

Sarah Neuberger, Political Science '16

Read Sarah's comments on her song.


2013 Award Winner

Kathleen Monahan, History '13

"Intelligent, Efficient, Industrious, Dishonest, and Dishonorable":  Conflicting Views of Working Women in the 1914 Chicago Waitress Strike


2012 Award Winner

Graduate Award
Ting Ni, Law, Evolution in China's Labor Rights:  An Empirical Look at the 2008 Labor Contract Law


2011 Award Winners

Graduate Award
Heath Carter, History Ph.D. candidate, Scab Ministers, Striking Saints:  Christianity and Class Conflict in 1894 Chicago 

Undergraduate Award
Maria Lynch, English 2012, The Evolution from Tillie Olsen to Today:  An Oral History and Comparison of Four Working Mothers