In 1960 Zieger received his bachelor at Montclair State College in 1961 and his Masters degree from the University of Wyoming. He married in 1962. 1965 he received his doctorate in history from the University of Maryland.
Zieger 1964 received a teaching position as an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin -Stevens Point. In 1973 he was associate professor at Kansas State University, where he worked until 1977. From 1977 to 1986 he worked as a professor of history at Wayne State University. Zieger 1986 was appointed professor of history at the University of Florida.
In 1998 he received the award as Distinguished Professor of History. Two of his books received the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award for the best book in the field of labor movement:
- Rebuilding the Pulp and Paper Workers' Union, 1933-1941 won the 1985 first prize along with Paul Avrichs The Haymarket Tragedy, ISBN 0-691-00600-8
- In 1995, Zieger the price again with his book, The CIO, 1935-1955.
- With Gilbert J. Gall: American workers, American unions. The 20th century. Johns Hopkins University Press, 3rd edition, Baltimore 2002 ISBN 080187078X ( first:. American workers, American unions, 1920-1985 ibid. 1986, 2nd edition 1994)
- Modern era historian
- University teachers ( Gainesville )
- University teachers (Detroit )
- University teachers (Manhattan, Kansas)
- University teachers (Wisconsin )
- Born in 1938
- Died in 2013