Walter Licht is Chair and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and Civic House's faculty advisor. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University, a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and a Master's and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Walter's expertise lies in the history of work and labor markets, he is the author of five books, and teaches courses in American economic and labor history.
Walter began teaching at Penn in 1977 and has been an active member of the Penn and West Philadelphia community ever since. He has received the Ira Abrams Memorial Prize for Distinguished Teaching awarded by the School of Arts and Sciences, won many grants and fellowships to pursue his scholarly interests, and served as associate Dean of SAS and Faculty Master of Hill College House. Walter is currently completing a book of essays on historical methods and American political and economic history. When ever he has free time (which is rare!), he enjoys spending time relaxing in Maine.