Robert P. Wolensky is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Acting Co-director of the Center for the Small City at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Sociology and History at King’s College in Wilkes-Bane, PA. A native of the Wyoming Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania, he has authored or co-authored books on the Tropical Storm Agnes flood of 1972 (1995), the Knox Mine Disaster of 1959 (1999 and 2005), the ladies’ garment workers’ industry in Eastern Pennsylvania between 1944 and 2000 (2002), and the Avondale Mine Disaster of 1869 (2008). He is also the director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Oral and Life History Project. He has been appointed as a fellow or visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the London School of Economics & Political Science, Wilkes University, and the University Exeter in England (the latter as a Fulbright scholar). He earned an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a Master’s and doctoral degree from Penn State University.

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