Our Faculty and staff
Eve Weinbaum ~ Director, Associate Professor
Eve Weinbaum received a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1997 from Yale University. She also holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. in Political Philosophy from Yale University.
From 1995-1997, Weinbaum was the Political Mobilization Director and Education Director for the Southern Region of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE!). She worked in nine states of the Southeast, organizing, educating, and mobilizing members around a wide range of issues and union campaigns, including the campaign against sweatshop labor. From 1990-1994 Professor Weinbaum was a staff member and lead organizer for the Graduate Employees and Students Organization (GESO), Local 34 and 35 of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees (HERE), representing workers at Yale University. Prior to becoming a union organizer, she worked as a community organizer with the Council for Community-Based Development and other groups.
Professor Weinbaum's research focuses on community response to plant closings, organizing, and labor and politics. She is the author of To Move a Mountain: Fighting the Global Economy in Appalachia (The New Press, 2004), and articles including "Organized Labor in an Era of Contingent Work and Globalization" in Which Direction for Organized Labor?; "Transforming Democracy: Rural Women and Labor Resistance" in Women Question Politics; and "The Politics of Deindustrialization: Three Case Studies" in New England Journal of Public Policy. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Successful Failures: Toward a Theory of Social Movements.
Professor Weinbaum serves as Director of the Labor Center and Graduate Program Director for the MS in Labor Studies and the Union Leadership and Administration MS in Labor Studies. She teaches Introduction to Labor Studies, Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration, Labor and Community, and Labor and Politics, and she also coordinates the Internship Seminar.
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Tom Juravich ~ Professor
Professor Tom Juravich received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1984 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 1984 to 1993 he was on the faculty of the Department of Labor Studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he directed a workers' education program in the greater Philadelphia area. Juravich joined the UMass Labor Center in 1993, and from 1996 to 2007 served as Director of the Center. In 1995 he was part of a team that founded the Union Leadership and Administration (ULA) program, a limited-residency Masters program for union officers, activists and staff, serving as its director from 1995 to 2007.
His research interests include strategic corporate research and campaigns, work and the labor process, union organizing, and union and worker culture. He is the author of: Tom Juravich, Chaos on the Shop Floor: A Worker's View of Quality, Productivity, and Management (Temple University Press, 1985); Kate Bronfenbrenner and Tom Juravich, Union Organizing in the Public Sector: An Analysis of State and Local Elections (ILR Press, 1995); Tom Juravich, William Hartford and James Green, Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters in the History of Massachusetts Workers and Their Unions (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996); Tom Juravich and Kate Bronfenbrenner, Ravenswood: The Steelworkers' Victory and the Revival of American Labor (ILR/Cornell University Press, 1999); Tom Juravich (ed.) The Future of Work in Massachusetts (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007); Tom Juravich, At the Altar of the Bottom Line: The Degradation of Work in the 21st Century (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009); and Tom Juravich and Teresa Healy, Maybe I'm Not Canadian Enough: The Struggle of Racialized Workers Confronting a Factory Shut-down (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, forthcoming).
Juravich is on the editorial boards of the New Labor Forum and has been active in the Massachusetts Society of Professors/MTA/NEA, and was a founding member of Local 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians. A singer and songwriter, Juravich's latest CD Altar of the Bottom Line (2007) and Tangled in Our Dreams (with Teresa Healy) (2006) were released by Finnegan Music.
Professor Juravich teaches Introduction to Labor Studies, Labor Research, Work and the Labor Process, Labor and Work in the United States, Working Class and Labor Movement Cultures, and Advanced Corporate Research. A link to his comprehensive set of resources for conducting corporate research and strategic campaigns in the U.S. and Canada can be found here.
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Jasmine Kerrissey ~
Jasmine Kerrissey received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2012 from the University of California, Irvine. She also holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. From 2001-2004, Kerrissey was an organizer with the Services Employees International Union (SEIU). She worked on new organizing campaigns for nursing homes and hospitals, using both card check and NLRB elections. In addition, she was an organizer for a janitors' strike in Boston (Justice for Janitors). Prior to her work as a union organizer, Kerrissey worked as an environmental educator and was a student labor activist.
Joining UMass in 2012, Kerrissey is a faculty member in the Sociology Department and a core member of the Labor Center. She teaches courses on U.S. Labor History, Comparative Labor Movements, and the Sociology of Work.
Kerrissey's research asks how worker organization matters for individuals and the larger public domain. She addresses a range of issues, from how union membership affects the way that people participate in political life, to state repression of worker organizations. She is also preparing her dissertation for a book manuscript, which focuses on the consequences of the waves of union mergers that swept U.S. unions in the 20th century. Kerrissey is interested in both U.S. and global labor issues, and often uses quantitative methods for her research.
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Clare Hammonds ~
Professor of Practice
Clare Hammonds joined the Labor Center in the Fall of 2013 as a Professor of Practice. She conducts and supports applied research and the labor extension program.
Hammonds has worked as a researcher and labor educator for the Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators Union (MECEU). She also conducted research for a variety of other labor organizations including the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA).
Hammonds received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2013 from Brandeis University. She also holds an M.S. in Labor Studies from the Labor Relations and Research Center at UMass Amherst and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Professor Hammonds' research interests include union organizing, low-wage care work, and public sector labor relations. She is the author of several publications including "Counting Care Work: The Empirical and Policy Applications of Care Theory" (2013) in Social Problems with Mignon Duffy and Randy Albelda; "Strategies of Emotion Management: Not Just On, but Off the Job" (2013) in Nursing Inquiry with Wendy Cadge; and "Reconsidering Detached Concern: The Case of Intensive Care Nurses" (2012) in Perspectives on Biology and Medicine with Wendy Cadge.
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Beth Berry joined the Labor Center in 1991. She worked with Tom Juravich to begin the ULA program in 1995 and has copyedited many of his books, as well as other publications from the Labor Center. She has served as personal typist for novelists including John Edgar Wideman and Valerie Martin and poets including James Tate and Dara Wier, and has copyedited a number of publications, including special editions of Labor Studies Journal and Max Page's most recent book, The City's End. Beth has taken writing workshops with Tamas Aczel, Leslie Fraser, Anna Kirwan, Patricia Lee Lewis, and Maureen Buchanan, and has had a book of her haiku titled Haiku Frenzy published by David Publishing. As assistant to the director and graduate program secretary, Beth is well situated to help students, faculty, and others interested in the Labor Center.