IRLE’s staff are nationally-recognized experts in low-wage labor, the future of work, the gig economy, immigrant workers, domestic employers, Black workers, workers and learners, labor history, labor unions, workplace occupational safety and health, human resources, among other areas of work. The IRLE also houses the Labor Studies academic program, the first major of its kind at the University of California.
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Abel Valenzuela Jr.
Immigration and labor markets, day laborers, undocumented youth and higher education administration, poverty and inequality, immigration settlement patterns, demography and population studies, immigrant rights, mobility and opportunity, urban studies.
Labor, working class, and social movement history; migration history; history of popular education, print culture, and representations of work and workers.
Conflict management, leadership development, organizational behavior, and team effectiveness.
Immigration policy, low-wage immigrant workers, wage theft and worker centers. Spirituality and sustainability among labor and community activists, spirituality in social justice movements.
Immigration, Latinos in the United States, U.S.-Mexico relations, race relations, farmworkers, Indigenous Mexican migrant in the U.S., Mexico’s politics, economy and workers.
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
African American workers in Los Angeles and strategic labor and community alliances.
Immigrant workers, Asian American workers, undocumented students, contemporary union issues.
Magaly N. Lopez
Workforce development, high road training partnerships (HRTP), worker centers, future of work, equity, job quality, worker equity, immigration, qualitative research, culturally responsive evaluation.
Occupational safety and health, informal employment, work as a social determinant of health, workers and climate change.
Intersections of racial, gender, and economic justice; anti-Asian racism; multiracial coalition building; immigrant rights; nexus of workers rights and workforce development; faith and labor.
Immigrant youth, immigrant integration, immigration policy, Asian American organizing.