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Watch an historic moment as the Justice for Janitors archive is transfered from SEIU United Service Workers West to the UCLA Library Special Collections!


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Does Innovation Fo with Social Inclusion?  Multinational Corporation in Mexico

Jorge Carrillo | El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)

May 25, 2016



Racializing Normative Markets: Whiteness, Masculinity, and the "Efficiency" of Networks

Karen Ho | University of Minnesota, Anthropology

May 12, 2016


Community Bank and Banking Structure Effects on Local Economies, Unemployment and Recovery: An Economic Sociology Perspective

Marc Schneiberg | Reed College, Sociology

May 4, 2016


Low-wage Workers and Public Policy: Marginalization, Coercion, and Alternatives


Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, UCLA History

Rocío Rosales, UC Irvine Sociology

Noah Zatz, UCLA School of Law

Walter Nicholls, UC Irvine Planning, Policy, and Design

Tom Wong, UC San Diego Political Science

Eileen Boris, UC Santa Barbara Feminist Studies

April 18, 2016


Uber Drivers: Independent Contractors, Employees, or Something Else?


Guy Davidov, Hebrew University School of Law

Sanjukta Paul, UCLA School of Law

Katherine Stone, UCLA School of Law

Noah Zatz, UCLA School of Law

April 18, 2016


"Occupiers and Dreamers: Insiders and Outsiders in a New Political Generation"

Ruth Milkman, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology

April 6, 2016


"Apple, Foxconn and China's New Working Class: Political Economy of Global Production"

Mark Selden, Cornell University, East Asia Program

March 30, 2016


"Bonded for Flexibility: Migrant Workers in Qatar's Construction Industry and Beyond"

Natasha Iskander, NYU Wagner, Public Policy

February 12, 2016


"Protecting Immigrant Workers: New Strategies for Strengthening Labor Standards Enforcement"

Janice Fine, Rutgers University, Labor Studies and Employment Relations

January 29, 2016

*View slides here


"Transnational Labor Alliances: Power, Coordination, and Why Some Succeed"

Marissa Brookes, UCR, Political Science

Kent Wong, UCLA Labor Center

November 18, 2015


"After Marikana: The State, the ANC, and the Future of the Labor Movement in South Africa"

Trevor Ngwane, University of Johannesburg, Sociology

Gay Seidman, University of Wisconsin, Sociology

Dinga Sikwebu, Johannesburg, United Front Coordinator of the Natuinal Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

May 18, 2015


"Building China: The Rise of Informal Work and Spatial Politics"

Sarah Swider, Wayne State University

February 25, 2015


"Living and Laboring off the Grid: Black Women Prisoners and the Making of the "Modern" South 1865-1920"

Talitha LeFlouria, Florida Atlantic University

February 12, 2015

"Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana's World War II Home Front"

Matthew Basso, University of Utah

January 28, 2015

Christina Greer

"Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream"

Christina Greer, Fordham University

December 5, 2014


Renee Tajima-Pena

"Labor Women" and Reflecting on API Women in Labor Today"

Renee Tajima-Peña, UCLA Asian American Studies

November 12, 2014

Harry Arthurs

"After Labor Law? Reframing Labor Law as the Law of Economic Subordination"

Harry Arthurs, Osgoode Hall Law School

November 5, 2014

Rina Agarwala

"Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India"

Rina Agarwala, Johns Hopkins University
May 7, 2014

Amanda Pullum

"The Last Stronghold": Teachers' Unions and Dynamics of Labor Movement Strategy

Amanda Pullum, University of California, Irvine
April 16, 2014

Dean Baker

"Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People"

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
April 9, 2014

Eileen Appelbaum   Rosemary Batt

"Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street"

Eileen Appelbaum, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Rosemary Batt, Cornell University
April 2, 2014

Race, Labor & the Law Logo

"Race, Labor, & the Law"

Annual Conference

February 28-March 1, 2014

Till von Wachter

The Lifetime Cost of Job Displacement

Till von Wachter, University of California, Los Angeles
February 5, 2014

Candacy Taylor

Counter Culture & American Hair: Untangling race, labor and class in salons and diners

Candacy Taylor, Writer, Photographer, and Cultural Critic
November 20, 2013

David Lewin

The Crisis of Public Sector Unionism

David Lewin, University of California, Los Angeles
October 23, 2013

John Laslett
"Sunshine Was Never Enough: Los Angeles Workers, 1880-2010"
John Laslett, University of California, Los Angeles
October 16, 2013
Rodolfo García Zamora
Migration, remittances, and development in Mexico, 1970-2012: Lessons and future challenges
Presented by Rodolfo García Zamora, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, México
May 22, 2013
Mark Anner
Solidarity Transformed:  Labor Responses to Globalization and Crisis in Latin America
Presented by Mark Anner, Penn State University
May 15, 2013
Frank Bardacke
Trampling out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers
Presented by Frank Bardacke, Award-winning Historian and Author
May 8, 2013
Low Wage Workers & Organizing Conference

Low Wage Workers & Organizing Conference

A conference discussing connections between new models of worker organizing and current labor market trends

April 19-20, 2013

Héctor Cordero-Guzmán
Bridging the Gap: Connecting Academics to Funder and Foundation Initiatives
Presented by Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, Baruch College, CUNY
March 5, 2013
Ellen Reese

They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back! Welfare Rights Activism in an Era of Retrenchment

Presented by Ellen Reese, University California, Riverside

February 20, 2013

Rhacel Parreñas

Neither Slave nor Free: The Bound Labor of Migrant Workers

Presented by Rhacel Parreñas, University of Southern California

February 15, 2013

Leisy Abrego

Inequalities at work, inequalities as parents: Mothers and fathers in transnational families

Presented by Leisy Abrego, University of California, Los Angeles

January 23, 2013

Dayo Gore

Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War

Presented by Dayo Gore, University of California, San Diego

November 28, 2012

Death and Taxes (and other hot topics): Debating the 2012 California Ballot Propositions

November 1, 2012

Learning from the Past to Change the Future: 20 Years of Justice for Janitors
April 19, 2012

Part 1 | Part 2

Participatory Democracy and Social Justice Struggles: From Port Huron to #Occupy.
Graduate Student Research Presentations
March 6, 2012

Part 1Part 2


States' Gains, Labor's Losses: China, France and Mexico Choose Global Liaisons: 1980-2000
Presented by Dorothy Solinger, UC Irvine
February 8, 2012
Understanding the Brazilian Labor Success Story 
Presented by Paulo Baltar,  Universidade Estadual de Campinas 
February 2, 201

Urban Sustainability in the Age of Climage Justice: Lessons from Metro Phoenix 
Presented by Andrew Ross, New York University 
January 12, 2012

Working for Nothing: The Latest Fast-Growth Sector? 
Presented by Andrew Ross, New York University 
January 12, 2012


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