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
abel@irle.ucla.edu

Bio

  • 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
corinne.bendersky@anderson.ucla.edu

Bio

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

Victor Narro

Project Director, Labor Center
(213) 480-4155 x 209
vnarro@irle.ucla.edu

Bio

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

Gaspar Rivera Salgado

Project Director, Labor Center

(310) 206-3910
grsalgado@irle.ucla.edu
Bio

  • 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
jshernandez@irle.ucla.edu

Bio

  • 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
lscuevas@irle.ucla.edu

Bio

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

Kent Wong

Director, Labor Center

(213) 480-4155 x 204  kentwong@ucla.edu

Bio

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