UCLA lecturer David Stein has been awarded the Maria Stewart Prize from the African American Intellectual History Society for the best journal article on black intellectual history written in 2015 or 2016. Stein is a lecturer in the departments of history and African-American studies.

His work, entitled "'This Nation Has Never Honestly Dealt with the Question of a Peacetime Economy': Coretta Scott King and the Struggle for a Nonviolent Economy in the 1970s," focuses on the work of Coretta Scott King in the struggle for guaranteed rights to employment in the 1970s. In the two decades after her husband’s death, Scott King devoted herself to achieving guarantees to employment and disentangling militarism and violence from the economy. For her, this was the continuation of the civil rights movement.

Stein’s fields of interest include African-American studies, history of capitalism, working-class history, policing and imprisonment, fiscal and monetary policy, and heterodox economics. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, M.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.