The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Jasmine Kerrissey

Associate Professor and Director of the Labor Center


Professor Kerrissey is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the UMass Labor Center. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, including Labor History, Comparative Labor Movements, the Sociology of Work, Food and Labor, Writing in Sociology, and Teaching Sociology.



Ph.D., Sociology, University of California–Irvine, 2012

M.A., Sociology, University of California— Irvine, 2006

B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 2000


Research Areas

Labor Movements, Inequality, Work, Political Sociology, Social Movements and Collective Behavior, Race and Gender



Stepan-Norris, Judith and Jasmine Kerrissey. 2023. Union Booms and Busts: The Ongoing Fight Over the U.S. Labor Movement. Oxford University Press.

          * Here is the data repository for Union Booms and Busts.

Kerrissey, Jasmine, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson, eds. 2020. Labor in the Time of Trump. Cornell University Press.


Select Articles

Hammond, Clare and Jasmine Kerrissey. 2022. "At Work in a Pandemic: Black Workers' Experiences of Safety on the JobLabor Studies Journal 

           - Awarded 2023 Best Paper for United Association for Labor Education (UALE)

Kerrissey, Jasmine and Nathan Meyers. 2021. “Race, Gender and Earnings: The Role of Unions in the Public Sector Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Kerrissey, Jasmine, Tiamba Wilkerson, Nathan Meyers. 2020. “The Political and Civic Lives of Public Sector Workers: Unions and Public Service MotivationSociological Forum 36(1): 92-110.

Kerrissey, Jasmine, and Evan Schofer. 2018. "Labor Unions and Political Participation in Comparative PerspectiveSocial Forces 97(1): 427-464.

Kerrissey, Jasmine and Jeff Schuhrke.  2016.  “Life Chances:  Worker Fatalities in Less Developed Countries” Social Forces 95(1): 191-216.

Kerrissey, Jasmine.  2015. “Income Inequality and Collective Labor Rights” American Sociological Review 80(3): 626-653.

          - Awarded 2016 Best International Paper for the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

Kerrissey, Jasmine and Evan Schofer.  2013.  “Unions and Political Participation in the U.S.” Social Forces. 91(3): 895-928.