SV3M143MScott Molloy is Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations at the Schmidt Labor Center at the University of Rhode Island. Having served as a professor in that capacity since 1986, he has won several teaching awards, including the URI Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 1995-1996 and the Carnegie Foundation’s Rhode Island Professor of the Year in 2005-2005. He has published numerous popular and scholarly articles about labor history, industrial relations, and local history.  His books include Trolley Wars: Streetcar Workers on the Line (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996) and Irish Titan, Irish Toilers: Joseph Banigan and Nineteenth-Century New England Labor (University Press of New England, 2008).

Formerly a bus driver, shop steward and business agent for the Rhode Island Public Transit Union from 1973 to 1981, he donated over 10,000 items of labor memorabilia to the Smithsonian Institute.  He served as the Education Director of the Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial Committee from 1996 to 2008, and served as the master of Ceremonies at the dedication of the million dollar project in 2007.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College, master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, and Ph.d from Providence College.