Saba Waheed

Academic Administrator, Director of the UCLA Labor Center

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Saba Waheed is Research Director at the UCLA Labor Center. She has nearly twenty years of research experience developing projects with strong community participation. With her team at the UCLA Labor Center, she coordinated the first-ever study of domestic work employers, launched a multi-year study of workers and learners, and conducted research on the impact of the pandemic on nail salon workers and owners. She has also conducted research related to gig workers, young workers, Black workers, LGBTQ+ grocery workers and retail workers. Saba teaches the Labor Summer Research Program, guiding students through an applied research project.

Previously she worked as the Research Director at DataCenter where she co-developed the framework of “research justice,” which aims to address the structural inequities in research. In addition to her research work, Saba is an award-winning radio producer and writer. She co-produces the radio show Re:Work, a storytelling show about worked on the animated film, I am a #youngworker. Saba strongly believes that research and media are powerful tools for community storytelling. She received an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University and a BA in English and Religious Studies from UC Berkeley.

Courses Taught

Labor Summer Research Program


Gig economy, workers and learners, women’s labor, low wage industries, service work, working conditions, community based research/participatory research