ULA Affiliated Faculty

Jennifer Berkshire

Labor 697JJ — Labor Journalism
Labor 697Q — Labor and the Media

Jennifer Berkshire is a writer, consultant, blogger, freelance journalist, and labor activist. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Nation, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Commonwealth, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and Counterpunch. Before embarking on a full-time writing career, she worked for K. Courtney and Associates, a small PR firm in Boston that serves labor unions and nonprofits. She has worked with labor organizations including AFSCME Council 93, SEIU Local 2020, and the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, helping them to develop effective messages to communicate with potential members as well as the larger public.

Elaine Bernard

Labor 746 — Comparative Labor Movements

Elaine Bernard has been the Executive Director of the Harvard University Trade Union program since 1989. In 2003, she was also appointed Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program. Elaine earned her M.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1979 and her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in 1988. She teaches university credit courses in International Comparative Labor Movements (including at the UMass Amherst Labor Center), Women’s studies, and Canadian studies, as well as non-credit labor education courses. She is the author of three books and numerous articles.

Harris Freeman

Labor 697R — Advanced Labor and Employment Law

Harris Freeman is Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Western New England University School of Law. He was an Associate in a Northampton, Massachusetts, law firm focusing on litigation of employment, civil rights and personal injury claims and also served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor of the Massachusetts Federal District Court. Harris, a former machinist and toolmaker, was an active member of the United Auto Workers and the International Association of Machinists while employed at Chrysler Motors, General Dynamics, Pratt and Whitney, and McDonnell Douglas. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Labor Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he teaches graduate courses in labor and employment law, and is a Cooperating Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Western Massachusetts.

Rebecca Givan

Labor 677 — Public Sector Labor Relations
Labor 697J — Collective Bargaining

Rebecca Givan is Associate Professor at Rutgers University. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. Before coming to Rutgers, she worked at the London School of Economics, Cardiff Business School and Cornell University. Professor Givan’s research addresses public sector restructuring and its impact on employment relations. She has written on the privatization of public services and on restructuring in the British National Health Service. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Public Administration, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Employee Relations and International Labor and Working Class History, as well as several edited volumes.

Patricia Greenfield

Labor 742 — Labor Law

Patricia Greenfield earned her J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is the former Director of the University of Massachusetts Labor Center in Amherst, MA, and the former Provost for the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD.

Armando Ibarra

Labor 6XX — Labor, Race and Immigration

Armando Ibarra is an Associate Professor in the School for Workers at University of Wisconsin Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and joined the School for Workers faculty in January 2011. Ibarra holds a Master’s in Public Administration, and a B.A. Sociology and Spanish. His research and fields of specialization are Chicano/a Latino/a working communities, adult education on issues of diversity in the workplace, international labor migration, leadership development, organizing workplaces, and applied research.

Gordon Lafer

Labor 697U — Labor and Public Policy
Labor 597W — Organizing

Gordon Lafer is Associate Professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center. He has been studying economic policy for more than twenty years, including serving as an Economic Analyst for the New York City Mayor’s Office and serving as a fellow at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies while earning his Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale University. He has written broadly about economic policy, including authoring a book titled The Job Training Charade, which was published by Cornell University Press in 2002 and was awarded the C. Wright Mills Award for 2003. Professor Lafer has also served as an organizer and strategist for a wide range of labor unions, including employee unions at Yale University, construction workers in Las Vegas, hotel workers in Hawaii, supermarket workers in California, and healthcare, wood products, and farm workers in Oregon.

Stephanie Luce

Labor 697P — U.S. Labor in the Global Economy

Stephanie Luce is Professor at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute at the City University of New York (CUNY). Professor Luce studies low-wage work and living wage movements, and is the author of several books including Fighting for a Living Wage.

Dale Melcher

Labor 697E — Labor Education

Dale Melcher recently retired as the coordinator of the Labor Extension Program at the UMass Amherst Labor Center and holds an M.S. in Labor Studies from the Center. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), an organization which promotes the leadership and involvement of women and people of color in the labor movement in Massachusetts through education, organizing and research. She is on the planning committee and teaching staff for the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) Northeast Summer School for Union Women and is the co-author (with Jennifer Eichstedt, Shelley Eriksen and Dan Clawson) of “Women and Local Union Leadership: The Massachusetts Experience,” published in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Dale taught an undergraduate Labor Studies course on women and work and a course on labor education for the Labor Center’s M.S. program. In her spare time she worked as an activist in her union, the Professional Staff Union, an affiliate of the Massachusetts Teachers Association/NEA.

Jack Metzgar

Labor 697WE — The Working Class in America

Jack Metzgar taught in the Humanities and Social Justice programs at Roosevelt University in Chicago from 1980 to 2006. For seven years, he served as founding Research Director for the Midwest Center for Labor Research and then as founding Editor of MCLR’s semi-annual journal, Labor Research Review. He was also a visiting professor to the National Labor College of the George Meany Center for Labor Studies (AFL-CIO) in Silver Spring, Maryland, and he taught The Working Class in America in the January 2008 and January 2011 ULA sessions. In 2000 he won the Sidney Hillman Foundation Prize for the Best Book of the Year for Striking Steel: Solidarity Remembered (Temple University Press). Metzgar is a co-founder and on the Steering Committee for the Chicago Center for Working Class Studies and is on the editorial board of Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society.

Priscilla Murolo

Labor 697C — Labor History

Priscilla Murolo is Professor of History at Sarah Lawrence College, where she also directs the graduate program in women’s history. She is the author of The Common Ground of Womanhood: Class, Gender, and Working Girls’ Clubs; co-author of From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States; and a contributor to various historical encyclopedias and journals. She has taught courses and led workshops for a number of labor education projects over the past twenty years.

Alejandro Reuss

Labor 697FF — Economics for Union Leadership and Staff
Labor 697V — Labor and Migration

Alejandro Reuss is a historian and economist, having studied Latin American history and immigration history at Tufts (MA, 1993) and economics at UMass Amherst (Ph.D., 2013). He teaches in both the on-campus and ULA programs. He is a co-editor of Dollars & Sense magazine and the author of the book Labor and the Global Economy. His activism has included work on labor, war and militarism, immigrants’ rights, the environment, the global economy, and other issues.

Dean Robinson

Labor 697X — Health Policy and Inequality in the U.S.

Dean Robinson is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Massachusetts, as well as being an affiliated faculty member of the Labor Center. He received his B.A. from Stanford, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. His research interests focus on Afro-American politics and thought and, more recently, race and health care policy. His first book, published by Cambridge University Press, is titled Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought. His current research focuses on the racial and class determinants of health. Dean has been an officer in his union, the Massachusetts Society of Professors, and has worked on campaigns for universal health care in the state of Massachusetts.