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Jeff Stilley, Instructor

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Jeff Stilley, Instructor

Department of Sociology
508 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dr. Jeff Stilley is an instructor in the Department of Sociology. 

His current research traces the emergence of a labor movement organizational network that resulted in a general strike in Kansas City in 1918. The general strike came in solidarity with low wage white and Black women laundry workers. The analysis develops the concept of “solidarity infrastructure,” a type of aspiring hegemonic bloc. This research has been featured on the Heartland Labor Forum radio program (KKFI) and A People’s History of Kansas City podcast (KCUR).

Dr. Stilley can serve on a Global Political Economy qualifying exam committee.


  • Comparative-Historical Sociology
  • Labor Movements
  • Social Movements
  • Political Sociology
  • Race, Class, Gender
  • Ph.D., Sociology (Women and Gender Studies minor), University of Missouri, Columbia
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Colorado, Denver
  • B.S., Secondary Education, Kansas State University
  • ASA Marxist Sociology section Lifetime Achievement Award committee, 2022
  • ASA Labor and Labor Movement section Best Student Paper Award committee, 2022
  • ASA Labor and Labor Movement section Distinguished Scholarly Article Award committee, 2021

Stilley, Jeff. 2022. “Kansas City General Strike: Wartime Solidarity in the American Midwest.” For a Better World: The Winnipeg General Strike and the Workers’ Revolt, eds. J. Naylor, R. Hinther, and J. Mochoruk. University of Manitoba Press.

Lewis E. Atherton Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize. State Historical Society of Missouri, 2021

  • New York Public Library Short-Term Fellowship, 2023
  • Pathways Assessment Mini Grant, 2022
  • CLAHS Faculty Undergraduate Research Fund, 2022
  • Irma D. Mathes Dissertation Support Award. University of Missouri, Sociology Department, 2020
  • Habenstein Dissertation Fellowship. University of Missouri, Sociology Department, 2019

Undergraduate Level Courses:

  • Soc 2104 Quantitative Approaches to Community Research
  • Soc 2024 Race & Ethnicity
  • Soc 3004 Social Inequality
  • Soc 3204 Social Research Methods
  • Soc 3314 Social Movements
  • Soc 3854 Globalization

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