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Cedric de Leon received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He also has a Master’s degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Sociology from Yale University.

Cedric got his start in the labor movement as a researcher for the Connecticut School Bus Drivers Alliance Local 76 SEIU in 1994. From 1995 to 1996 he worked on the Chateau Ste. Michelle, Bruce Church, and strawberry campaigns for the United Farm Workers in Connecticut and Salinas and Watsonville, California. He then became an organizer for District 1199 SEIU in Providence. After a brief hiatus in England, Cedric returned to the labor movement as a rank-and-file member of Local 3550 American Federation of Teachers at the University of Michigan. He was local union president from 2000 to 2002 and, after finishing his dissertation, became lead organizer for the University of Michigan lecturers’ union, AFT Local 6244.


Journal Articles

Selected Presentations

  • de Leon, Cedric. 2022. "For an Eclectic Mass Movement." Plenary address, Labor and Labor Movements Mini-Conference, ASA Annual Meeting, Aug. 5, Los Angeles.
  • de Leon, Cedric. 2021. "In Search of James Baldwin." Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initiative Convening on Labor in the 21st Century, Cornell ILR School, March 26, Remote.
  • de Leon, Cedric. 2020. "Confronting Police Unions and Institutional Racism in the Labor Movement." Labor Research and Action Network, Aug. 19, Remote.
  • de Leon, Cedric. 2019. "Why 1861? Slavery, Settler Colonialism, and the Coming of the U.S. Civil War." Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, Sept. 26, Evanston.
  • de Leon, Cedric. 2019. "The Tactics of Mobilization, the Ethics of Care." Plenary address, Du Boisian Scholar Network, May 5, Providence.
  • de Leon, Cedric. 2019. "The Origins of Right to Work." Plenary address, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, April 8, New York City.
  • de Leon, Cedric. 2018. "Du Bois's Theory of Simultaneous Struggle and the Crisis of Postracial Neoliberalism." Plenary address, Sesquicentennial Symposium Honoring W.E.B. Du Bois, Harvard University, Oct. 26, Cambridge.
  • de Leon, Cedric. 2018. "Failure of the Establishment." Havens Center for the Study of Social Justice, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Oct. 15, Madison.
  • Desai, Manali and Cedric de Leon. 2017. "A Sequential Analysis of Left, Right, and Failed Ethnic Nationalisms." Social Science Research Council and the University of Gottingen, Aug. 18, Gottingen, Germany.

Selected Honors

  • ASA Council (Elected), 2021-
  • Chair-Elect, ASA Section on Labor and Labor Movements (Elected), 2021-
  • ASA Program Committee, 2020-
  • Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2018-2021
  • Editorial Board, Sociological Theory, 2019-2021
  • SSHA Executive Committee (Elected), 2016-2019
  • ASA Committee on Nominations (Elected), 2017-2018
  • Editorial Board, Social Problems, 2015-2018
  • Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology, 2015-2018
  • Secretary-Treasurer, ASA Section on Political Sociology (Elected), 2015-2018
  • Section Council, ASA Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology (Elected), 2014-2017