The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tom Juravich Elected Chair of American Sociological Association's Labor and Labor Movement Section

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Tom Juravich, professor of labor studies and sociologyThe American Sociological Association (ASA) announced the winners of its 2019 elections for officers, councils, and committees. Tom Juravich, professor of labor studies and sociology, was elected chair of the Labor and Labor Movements Section. He will serve a three-year term.

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be studying labor and the labor movement," said Juravich. "Teachers have stepped up in the fight for quality public education, new unions are forming across digital media, and workers’ centers and a variety of alt-labor organizations are fighting to protect the rights of low wage and undocumented workers in a time of growing inequality."

The Labor and Labor Movements Section provides a forum for the full range of work on labor and labor movements (including, but not limited to unions as social movements, work and family, international labor movements, immigration and work/unions, politics and unions, workers' culture, and comparative/historical work), to create networks and graduate mentoring opportunities that will stimulate interaction and increase the rigor and creativity of future work, to bring researchers and applied sociologists together for discussion and debate, to recognize and reward the best work now being done and thereby to encourage future research, and to heighten awareness among section members and the ASA more generally about the research already being conducted in the field. It is committed to providing intellectual support and to maintain an active exchange of ideas and research findings with the labor movement.

"The sociological community is doing cutting-edge research on these developments and the ASA Section on Labor and Labor movement is integral in promoting this kind of innovative work," said Juravich.