The UCSC Center for Labor Studies

The UCSC Center for Labor Studies, founded in 2007, is dedicated to the study of working people, the labor movement, and the challenge of the broader global economy as it impacts the working people of California and beyond. Through conferences, workshops, public lectures, and a range of guest speakers, we focus, in particular, on the relationship between the labor movement (broadly defined), social movements, and democratic practices; on gender, race, and ethnic dynamics; and on labor activism in international context. We also address a wide spectrum of questions related to the nature of work, employment, and working people’s lives in the U.S. and beyond. Our goal is to serve UCSC students, staff, and faculty while reaching out to the broader community of the Central Coast of California and beyond.

Affiliated Faculty

Steve McKay (Sociology – Center Director)

Dana Frank (History)
Miriam Greenberg (Sociology)
Emily Honig (History)
Reyna Ramirez (American Studies)
L.S. Kim (Film and Digital Media)
Barbara Epstein (History of Consciousness)
David Brundage (History)
Jonathan Fox (Latin American and Latino/a Studies)
Shannon Gleeson (Latin American and Latino/a Studies)
Eva Bertram (Politics)
Mary Beth Pudup (Community Studies)
Patricia Zavella (Latin American and Latino/a Studies)