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I am a PhD candidate at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, in the Program of Sociology. My research is focused on public sector labor unions in the United States and the politics of public employment. I am also a Doctoral Student Researcher at the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College, CUNY and a Research Analyst at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
June 2017 - present
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
- Research analyst for the annual 'State of the Unions' report authored by Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce, which measures union density in New York City.
This analysis probes the relationship between individuals' preferences for redistribution and their economic self-interest. We analyze personal finance and preferences data from 30 countries included in the 2009 ISSP to analyze whether respondents’ personal income, financial wealth, or housing wealth are related to their opinions about economic red...
New York City leads the recent uptick in private-sector union organizing at companies like Starbucks and Amazon. A new report released by the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, State of the Unions 2022: A Profile of Organized Labor in New York City, New York State, and the United States, analyzes new union membership and union election wins ac...
In debates on the future of work, a common theme has been how work became less secure through the denial of employee status. Though much of the attention has focused on other industries, precarity has also affected those working in higher education, including graduate student employees, contributing to what is now called the "gig academy." While un...
The 2020 Supplementary Directory of New Bargaining Agents and Contracts in Institutions of Higher Education, 2013-2019 is an analysis of data for the period 2013-2019 of new bargaining units, bargaining agents, and contracts in higher education in the United States following publication of our last directory in 2012. The 2020 Supplementary Director...
In recent years, “inequality” has received an extraordinary amount of attention in political, policy, and academic circles. In the U.S., this attention has been overwhelmingly national in scope. The national focus misses a crucial axis of American inequality, one that has received inadequate attention – that is inequality by geography, specifically...
This article presents data, precedent, and empirical evidence relevant to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposal to issue a new rule to exclude graduate assistants and other student employees from coverage under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The analysis in three parts. First, the authors show through an analysis of informati...
These are public comments submitted by National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, Hunter College, City University of New York in response to a proposed NLRB rule that would exclude student employees from coverage under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The comments include information and...
This thesis investigates how call center agents in Belgrade, Serbia’s ICT sector understand their class identities. Due to their relatively well paid jobs, the stability of their work, as well as their consumptive activities, call center agents embody some aspects of the middle class; however, their work is neither fulfilling nor is their pay suffi...
This field note explores the ways in which the documentary MIND ZONE: Therapists Behind the Front Lines (2014), directed by Dr. Jan Haaken, moves viewers into innovative and critical stances towards the U.S. military mental health program. Using a discourse analysis of the film and transcripts of interviews conducted by Haaken, I trace the deployme...
The "spirit of gravity" and all of its connotations is central to the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche. In Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra, Zarathustra proclaims that the spirit of gravity is his devil and that it can only be vanquished through laughter. In this explication, I will show that Nietzsche uses intertextual allusion to place this laug...
As a sociologist, I'm looking for historical, economic, and political literature that provides background information on the proliferating call center industry in the Balkans, and in particular Serbia. Preferably scholarly sources that analyzes this phenomenon.
This project, in collaboration with William A Herbert at the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College, CUNY seeks to map the patterns in unionization at American institutions of higher education from 2012 to the present.