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New Scholars

These are the winners of the annual LRAN New Scholars grants.


Aaron Arredondo (University of Missouri), The Nuevo Midwest: Racialized Organizations, Community Life, and Workplace Experiences in a Diversifying Agroindustrial Town

Venus Green (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Black Domestic Work in America: Struggles for Labor and Racial Justice in Times of Crisis

Kevin Lee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Alt-labor” Service Providers?: Considering Worker Centers as Workforce Development Actors

Katherine Maich (Pennsylvania State University), Cleaning, Cooking and Caring in the time of COVID-19


Jiayi Bao (University of Pennsylvania), The Impact of the “Autonomy” Perks: Evidence from the Unlimited Vacation RCT

Laura Bucci (St. Joseph's University), Partisan Sorting of Occupations & Union Support

Kuo Chih Huang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Do Incentivized Managers Pay Their Workers Less?

Thomas Corcoran (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), The Structure of the Real Estate Investment Trust at the MGM Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts

Spencer Cox (University of Minnesota), Unfulfilled: The Social Pathology of Work in an Amazon Fulfillment Center

Aurelia Crant and Takahito Kudo (Wayne State University), The Impact of Work-Stress Factors on Safety and Health

Sarah Fouts (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Nikki Thanos (New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice), Documenting Worker Power Through the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Hanna Goldberg (Syracuse University), One Fair Wage: Restaurant worker mobilization and the campaign to eliminate New York’s subminimum wage

Isaac Jabola-Carolus (City University of New York), Regulating the Care Boom: Labor Standards and In-Home Care Work in Three U.S. Cities

Minsun Ji (University of Colorado, Denver), Union-Cooperatives: The Potential for Building a Stronger Labor Movement in the U.S

Anne Lessy (Yale University), "The Scourge of Idleness": The Question of Prison Labor in the of Era of Reform

Isabel Perera (University of Pennsylvania), Public Sector Unions and the Politics of Inequality

Brandi Perri (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Born to the Broom: The Relationship Between Identity and Work of Janitors

Anna Wilcoxson (Michigan State University), Ethnographic study of immigrant labor within the restaurant industry

Paula Winicki (University of California, Berkeley), Organizing Despite Precarity


Luke Elliott-Negri (City University of New York), The Fissured Workplace at Amazon- An Exploratory Study

Amelia Fortunato (City University of New York), Black Strikebreaking & Intraclass Labor Politics in the Progressive Era

Jessica Halpern-Finnerty (University of California, Davis), Inter-firm contracting, jobs, and inequality in the U.S.: A national, regional, and industry analysis

Eric Larson (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth), Mike Araujo (Rhode Island Jobs With Justice), and Heiny Maldonado (Fuerza Laboral), Working in the Shadows: Race, Immigration, and Mass Incarceration in “Creative Economies"

Alexandrea Ravenelle (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Good Gig Jobs or Bad Gig Jobs? The Impact of Sharing Economy Work on Career Trajectory


Connor Donegan (University of Texas, Dallas), Labor, Disability and Migration in Florida’s Convict Leasing Program, 1877-1919

Connor Gadek (American University), Police Unions Prevent Police Reform: Anthropology of U.S. Law Enforcement Officers in Intra-Class Antagonism

Melina Juárez (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque), From Margin to Margin: LGBTQ Latinxs in the U.S. Workforce

Brenda Rodriguez (Johns Hopkins University), Jessica Cook (DePaul University), Richard Wallace (Workers Center for Racial Justice), Marsha Love (University of Illinois, Chicago), Structural Racism in the On Demand Economy

Eleni Schirmer (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Changing Structures, Structuring Change: A Critical Analysis of Teachers’ Unions, Racial Politics and Education Privatization Movements in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1965-present


Lucius Couloute Jr. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Working on the Margins: An Examination of Former Prisoners’ Precarious Work Experiences

Hannah Johnston (Queens University), Organizing in the Age of Uber

Tommy Wu (City University of New York), Political Economy of the Chinese Restaurant Industry and the New Regime of Flexible Labor


Arturo Carillo (University of Illinois, Chicago), Organizing Immigrant Workers in Low-Wage Industries: A Cross-Sectional Qualitative Study of Chicago’s Worker Center Organizers

Joshua Drucker (University of Illinois, Chicago) and Jacob Lesniewski (Dominican University), Estimating the Economic and Fiscal Impact of Wage Theft

Rebecca Galemba (University of Denver) and Raja Raghunath (Workplace Rights Project), Wage Theft in the Construction Industry in Denver, CO

Fabiola Ortiz Valdez (Syracuse University), Milking Cows and People: Labor, Gender and Moral Economy in New York State’s Dairy Industry

Daisy Rooks (University of Montana, Missoula), Rethinking Labor-Environmental Coalitions in Rural Areas and Small Towns

Jovanna P. Rosen (University of Southern California), Project Labor Agreements: Addressing Inequality Through Urban Development