Institute for Research on Labor and Employment staff are available to comment on a variety of contemporary issues related to labor and employment. This Experts Guide includes staff and faculty from all IRLE units. For information on the units and the work we accomplish, please visit the unit webpages:

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IRLE Staff

Areas of Expertise

Abel Valenzuela Jr.

IRLE Director

(310) 267-4738


  • Immigration and Labor Markets
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Immigration Settlement Patterns
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Mobility and Opportunity
  • Urban Studies
Corinne Bendersky

HARRT Faculty Chair

(310) 825-1366


  • Conflict Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Team Effectiveness

Victor Narro

Project Director, Labor Center
(213) 480-4155 x 209


  • Wage Theft/Wage Policy
  • Low-wage immigrant workers
  • Immigration policy
  • Worker centers

Gaspar Rivera Salgado

Project Director, Labor Center

(310) 206-3910

  • Immigration
  • Latinos in the US
  • US-Mexico relations
  • Race relations
  • Latin American culture & politics
  • Indigenous peoples in the Americas

Janna  Shadduck-Hernández

Project Director, Labor Center

(213) 480-4155 x 211


  • Labor and workplace education
  • Community-based education/ popular education
  • Community service-learning
  • Gender issues
  • Immigration and undocumented migration
  • Undocumented students
  • Low-wage working families and K-12 education in Los Angeles
  • Qualitative research methods and field research
  • Arts activism: labor, immigration, sexuality and LGBTQ issues
  • Latino community issues: education, higher education, community development

Lola Smallwood Cuevas

Director, Los Angeles Black Worker Center

(213) 480-4155 x 210


  • African American workers in Los Angeles
  • Strategic labor and community alliances

Kent Wong

Director, Labor Center

(213) 480-4155 x 204


  • Immigrant workers
  • Undocumented students
  • Asian American workers
  • Contemporary union issues