Dr. Gregory Mantsios was appointed founding Dean of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies in January 2018, after serving for 34 years as founder and director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. Prior to joining CUNY, Dr. Mantsios was a community organizer; an elected officer of AFT local 1796; a member of the sociology faculty at William Paterson University; and the Director of Labor Studies at Empire State College, SUNY. He holds a B.A. in sociology and an M.A. in Urban Studies from Queens College and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Union Institute and University. He writes on poverty, inequality, labor relations, and education and is the editor of A New Labor Movement for a New Century, an anthology on the future of the labor movement. He is also the founder and publisher of New Labor Forum, a national journal of ideas, analysis and debate.
For the past four decades—first at Empire State College and then at the City University of New York—Dr. Mantsios has devoted himself to building programs in Labor Studies and establishing college-degree programs for non-traditional students, particularly those from poor and working-class backgrounds. These programs have provided thousands of adult learners and union members with an opportunity to earn college degrees. At the Murphy Institute, he also developed a Center for public programming, civic engagement, and leadership training. The lead architect for the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, Dr. Mantsios was also the chief campaigner for establishment of the School.