Jasmine Kerrissey

Labor Center Director, Graduate Programs Director, Associate Professor
Thompson 726
(413) 545-4065

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.   Prior to her graduate work, Kerrissey worked as an organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which included Justice for Janitors campaigns and healthcare organizing.

Kerrissey joined UMass in 2012 as a faculty member in the Sociology Department and the Labor Center.  She teaches courses on U.S. Labor History, Comparative Labor Movements, Food and Labor, and the Sociology of Work.

Kerrissey’s research focuses on the areas of work, inequality, and labor movements.  She's interested in how labor movements affect a range of outcomes, including income inequality, safety at work, and how people participate in the politics of protest.  This work uses quantitative analyzes to understand how workers' organizations have mattered— and what their decline means.  She also does comparative historical research on labor in the United States. Her book project examines trends in union membership, strikes, and structures over the last 115 years.  She has published her work in journals such as American Sociological Review and Social Forces.  

You can see some of her recent work on unions and political participation, worker fatalities, and income inequality in the links provided.