IRLE Visiting Scholars spend from a month to a year in residence at IRLE working on a research project and interacting with UCLA scholars and students.

Our research network is global! Explore this map to see current and former IRLE Visiting Scholars.

For more information on UCLA’s visiting scholar program please see the UCLA Graduate Division.

Current Visiting Scholars

Susanne Pernicka

Susanne Pernicka (September 2017 – November 2017) is a sociology professor from Austria (Johannes Kepler University of Linz). Her research interests include employment relations from an internationally comparative perspective, social movements and trade union revitalization, and field theoretical approaches to the restructuring of the economy and society. During her visit at UCLA she seeks to make sense of historical and current attempts by trade unions, community organizations and social movements to organize taxi drivers (and more recently, drivers for Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft) and of how they position themselves vis-á- vis their employers, TNCs, local, state, and federal government. You can reach her at

Craig Zabala

Craig Zabala (May 2016 – December 2017) is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Concorde Group, Inc., a financial services firm in New York City. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany. He is a Ph.D. in Finance Candidate at EDHEC-Risk Institute, EDHEC Business School, École des Hautes Études Commerciales du Nord, Nice, France. He has an A.B. (1974), M.A. (1977), and Ph.D. (1983) in Sociology and a post-doc (1986) in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations in the Graduate School of Management from the University of California at Los Angeles.  His research at IRLE will be in the fields of industrial relations and collective bargaining, economic sociology, political economy, economics, finance, and management.

Research Affiliates

IRLE Research Affiliates form a community of scholars conducting research and dialogue on issues of work and employment. Though most are based at UCLA, the IRLE network extends nationally and globally.