Summer 2022

Ruth Milkman, “Falling Behind” – The SUN interview (Staci Kleinmaier, interviewer) June, pp. 4-12.
Ruth Milkman, “The Amazon Labor Union’s Historic Breakthrough,” Dissent (Summer 2022), pp. 97-101.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Deepak Bhargava, “It’s Past Time to End Title 42,”
Deepak Bhargava and Rich Stolz, “The Statue of Liberty Plan: A Progressive Vision for Migration in the Age of Climate Change,” Roosevelt Institute, August 24, 2022, 
Samir Sonti, Inflation discussion, Jacobin (video interview):
Samir Sonti, Interview on organizing with Sam Gindin (video):

Samir Sonti, “Inflation and Your Next Contract, Labor Notes:

Samir Sonti, “What You Need to Know About Inflation,” Jacobin

Samir Sonti, “Who Pays for Inflation,” New Labor Forum

Marquis Jenkins, James Rodriguez, and Aixa Torres, “NYCHA’s “Public Housing Preservation Trust” Is A Farce of Resident Engagement,” City Limits, June 22, 2022
Joel Suarez, “Office Space: The Political Economy of Remote Work,” New Labor Forum, Aug 2022.
Ruth Milkman, “Grocery Unions under the Gun in New York City and the Nation,” New Labor Forum 31(2), pp. 17-26.
Stephanie Luce, “Another World (of Work) Is Possible,” in The Green New Deal and the Future of Work, edited by Craig Calhoun and Benjamin Y. Fong, Columbia University Press, 2022.
Stephanie Luce interviews Ilana Berger, “‘Strong and Loving, Relentless and Fierce’: NY Home Care Workers Win Big,” Convergence, August 4, 2022.
Smiley, CalvinJohn, Anthony Browne & Juan Battle. 2022. Latinx Parents, Latinx Students, and In-School Suspension: A Quantitative Study of School Discipline, Journal of Latinos and Education, DOI: 10.1080/15348431.2022.2026223.
Heather McGhee, podcast series, The Sum of Us, Spotify. (And an article about the new podcast in Vanity Fair).
Wolf, Andrew. 2022. “COVID and the Risky Immigrant Workplace: How Declining Employment Standards Socialized Risk and Made the COVID-19 Pandemic Worse.” Labor Studies Journal. 47(3): 286-319. DOI: 0160449X221110276.
Zak, Anna, & Angel, C. (2022). Integrating the socially homeless through the online teaching and learning environments via the implementation of critical eService-learning. Nemeth, E. A. & Patterson, A. N. Eds. Pursuit of Liberation: Critical Service-Learning as Capacity Building for Historicized, Humanizing, and Embodied Action, 215-243. IAP. Pursuit of Liberation: Critical Service-Learning as Capacity Building for … – Google Books

Erica Smiley and Sarita Gupta, “Collective Bargaining for the Workplace and Democracy,” YES! Magazine, July 4, 2022,

Daniel Katz, “A Walk Through the Rich History of Struggle in Manhattan’s Chinatown,” Jacobin, Aug 5, 2022
Marianne (LeNabat) Garneau  “’It’s Easier to Beg for Forgiveness: NJ Transit Workers Sick Out for Juneteenth,” Organizing Work, June 18, 2022,
Alum Jonah Furman, “UAW Delegates Head to Convention and Prepare for First Direct Elections, Labor Notes, July 19, 2022,
Alum and former staff Sarah Hughes, “Yes, Abortion Rights are a Union Issue,” Labor Notes and “
SLU Student Rev. Edwin Robinson, interviewed by Stephanie Luce, “How Black Churches Can Change the World,” Convergence, August 23, 2022,

February 2022

  • Labor MA students Gabriela Quintanilla, Xiomara Loarte, Liana Kallman, and Frida Garza, won a 2021 New Scholars Research Grant from the Labor Research Action Network for their project titled “A Research Project and Short Film on the Experiences of Poultry Workers in the Hudson Valley During the Pandemic.”
  • Eric Blanc, “Why Minneapolis Educators Are on Strike, “ Jacobin

A few news stories that quote or mention our faculty:

  • Ellen Dichner quoted in “U.S. business casts a wary eye at the surging labor movement led by young and optimistic activists,” Fortune
  • Arcy Reilly Collins is mentioned in this story about a recent union victory she worked on
  • Ruth Milkman, Stephanie Luce and Isaac Jabola-Carolus’ study of home care work mentioned in the New York Times
  • Ruth Milkman quoted in “Amazon, Starbucks and REI: A new crop of NYC union organizers may be having a moment,” Gothamist
  • John Mollenkopf quoted in “Park Slope and Staten Island: An Unlikely Political Marriage,” New York Times


October 2021

September 2021

  • Sean Sweeney, “Sustaining the Unsustainable: Why Renewable Energy Companies Are Not Climate Warriors,” New Labor Forum, Volume 30 Issue 3, September 2021
  • Stephanie Luce, “The Living Wage, Fight for $15, and Low Wage Worker Campaigns in the U.S.,” in The Living Wage: Advancing a Global Movement, Edited by Tony Dobbins and Peter Prowse, Routledge, 2021.
  • Deepak Bhargava, “Social Democracy or Fortress Democracy? A Twenty-First Century Immigration Plan” New Labor Forum, Volume 30 Issue 3, September 2021
  • Ellen Dichner, “How a Biden Labor Board Could Advance Workers’ Rights,” New Labor Forum, Volume 30 Issue 3, September 2021
  • Stephanie Luce hosted a forum for SLU’s The Murphy Institute on the legacy of the Occupy Movement. Ruth Milkman hosted a forum at The CUNY Graduate Center, “Occupy Wall Street: Its Impact 10 Years Later”.
  • Listen to Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce on The Nation Podcast, “Occupy Wall Street, 10 Years Later” about the Occupy movement and its legacy.

August 2021

  • Ellen Dichner was interviewed at Wallet Hub for an article about Labor Day and Workers Rights. Read it here

May 2021

  • SLU faculty helped write and circulate this open letter opposing the draft legislation concerning app-based workers in New York State
  • SLU faculty helped write and circulate this open letter opposing the draft legislation concerning app-based workers in New York State

April 2021

  • Joshua B. Freeman, “Red London.” A review of Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London. In Dissent, Spring 2021
  • SLU Labor Studies student writes about direct action on the job in Organizing Work, “‘I Live for That Shit: A Worker Recalls Successful Direct Action in the Workplace” (writing under a pseudonym)
  • Mimi Abramovitz, “Government Is the Solution, Not the Problem,” Letter to the Editor, New York Times, March 21 2021

March 2021

January 2021

  • Professor Deepak Bhargava has written a moving piece on Medium about the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and how Trump’s hate speech for the past four years ignited this death, the Jan. 6th insurrection (and so much more). Read Here.
  • Listen to Professor Mimi Abramovitz, on the podcast. “Social Security for Everyone: Mimi Abramovitz on “The Thought Project.” CUNY Graduate Center,

December 2020

  • Sean Sweeney, “Five Years On, the Paris Climate Agreement Needs an Overhaul,” New Labor Forum, Dec, 2020,
  • Listen to Michelle Chen Belabored podcast (Dissent magazine)“Labor at the Ballot Box”. Including an interview with Stephanie Luce.
  • Read Sean Sweeney “Five Years On, the Paris Climate Agreement Needs an Overhaul.” New Labor Forum
  • Read Marc Kagan’s “More Austerity Coming? Lessons from New York’s 1970s Fiscal Crisis.” in the New Labor Forum.
  • Professor Andy Sparberg was quoted in Newsday about his work at LIRR.

November 2020

  • Professor Stephanie Luce says it’s imperative for the New York State Senate to press on millionaire tax ideas. Read about it here.
  • In “Coalition and Confrontation: A Response to Jared Abbott,” Luke Elliott-Negri pushes back against Abbott’s analysis of Democratic “coalition strategy” and a “confrontation strategy.” Read it here in Organizing Upgrade.
  • Ruth Milkman has published “Old wine in new bottles: gender and the gig economy” about her study (along with Luke Elliott-Negri, Kathleen Griesbach, and Adam Reich) of the platform-based food economy, which had an explosion in demand when COVID-19 hit. She found that the majority of the workers were white women, and describes the “class-gender nexus” of this element of the gig economy. Read about it in WorkinProgress.
  • Stephanie Luce writes about organizing in the labor movement to defend democracy in the event of a contested election. She notes that some unions are trying to connect their core activists with local “protect the vote” groupings in key states and cities to show up to polls and fight to make sure every vote is counted. Read it here in Organizing Upgrade.
  • In this piece from Organizing Work, Marianne Garneau debates with labor organizer and journalist Chris Brooks and veteran union negotiator Joe Burns about Bargaining for the Common Good and its use as a model for connecting workplace fights with broader social demands. Read part one and part two here.
  • In “How Does the Past Look From Here? Notes from a historian” Joshua Freeman compares today’s pandemic and politics to the events preceding and following the flu epidemic of 1918, and argues that this time, the yearning for a return to “normality” may be misplaced. Read it here in Moyers on Democracy.
  • Deepak Bhargava discussed economic, racial and immigrant justice with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal in the latest installment of SLU’s ongoing series “COVID Capitalism. Watch it.

October 2020

September 2020

  • H. Jacob Carlson, “Measuring Displacement: Assessing Proxies for Involuntary Residential Mobility,” City & Community, Sept 2020,
  • Mimi Abramovitz and Deepak Bhargava on how the pandemic has exposed the systemic failures of America’s inadequate welfare state, in Social Security for All.
  • Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce,  The State of the Unions 2020: A Profile of Organized Labor in New York City, New York State, and the US
  • An interview with Mimi Abramovitz  and Jennifer Zelnick  was the lead article in the  9-2-20 issue of the NYN  Media an online newspaper.  The article  The drawbacks of treating social work like a business  is based findings of their research published in the  August 2020 Issue of Social Work.
  •  Jennifer Zelnick and Mimi Abramovitz ( 2020). “The Perils of Privatization: Bringing the Business Model into the Human Services” Social Work. August, 2020

August 2020

  • Kafui Attoh has co-authored “‘Just-in-Place’ labor: Driver organizing in the Uber workplace” in Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. In this scholarly paper, Kafui and his co-authors, Katie J. Wells and Declan Cullen, posit that that Uber’s attempts to keep its workers “just-in-place,” which generally isolate and disempower drivers, can actually enable new modes of organization. Read it here.
  • Steve Brier and Michael Fabricant co-authored a piece in the Gothan Gazette entitled “Racialized Austerity: The Case of CUNY” in which they chronicle the steady erosion of public funding for higher education from the New York State and City government, and how it has affected CUNY.
  • Andrew Sparburg, who teaches regularly in SLU’s transit program, wrote about the Queensboro Bridge, which appeared in the daily blog of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. Read it here.
  • Sean Sweeney has a new piece that is co-published by Jacobin and New Labor Forum, entitled “There May Be No Choice but to Nationalize Oil and Gas — and Renewables, Too.” Read it here.
  • A moving piece from The New Yorker featuring an SLU alum, MTA bus driver Terence Layne, in which he mentions taking Andy Sparberg’s class on the history of transit. Read “A Transit Worker’s Survival Story.”.

July 2020

  • An article in the latest edition of New Labor Forum takes a look inside an Amazon fulfillment center.  Get a firsthand view how workers are handling the pandemic, worker safety and organizing themselves in the demanding environment of a booming business.

  • Stephanie Luce authored two articles: one in LaborNotes on workers and housing, and another in Portside on how unions are organizing for racial justice.

  • Gladys Palma de Shrynemakers is co-hosting Next Gen Assessment: A Series for Educators Transitioning Online for the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU). This is an ongoing series of blog posts complemented by brief video discussions designed to help educators exchange information about assessment challenges and emerging best practices in digital delivery.

  • Newly appointed Assistant Professor of Labor Studies Joel Suarez discusses two recent books about anti-immigrant sentiment in an article entitled “The Nativist Tradition” in Dissent magazine.

  • David Unger has authored a piece on police unions and the Black Lives Matter movement for the fall issue of New Labor Forum, which has been released early due to its timeliness. Read it here.

June 2020

  • Mike Menser, has a piece out in Non-Profit Quarterly on how the call to “defund the police” is not just a call to transform policing and rethink “safety,” but also a call to transform budgeting. Read it here.