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About Shannon Gleeson

Shannon Gleeson (PhD in Sociology and Demography, UC Berkeley) is Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law & History at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She was previously on the faculty of the Latin American & Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States (University of California Press, 2016), The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants (Routledge, 2014, edited with John Park), and Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston (Cornell University Press, 2012).

Additionally, she is engaged in various collaborative projects that examine the implementation of immigrant worker rights. With Xóchitl Bada, (University of Illinois, Chicago), she is researching the role of the Mexican Consulate in protecting the rights of immigrant workers, and the perspective of enforcement agencies and nonprofit advocates across the United States. With support from the National Science Foundation, she and Els de Graauw (Baruch College, the City University of New York) are conducting an institutional analysis of the implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in three metropolitan regions: the San Francisco Bay Area, the Greater Houston Area, and the New York City Metro Area. With Kate Griffith (Cornell University), she is also examining the effects of temporary immigration status on worker legal mobilization in New York City.


Present Associate Professor, Cornell University ILR School Labor Relations, Law and History

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Associate Professor, Cornell University, ILR School - Department of Labor Relations, Law & History
2013 - 2014 Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Latin American & Latino Studies
2008 - 2013 Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Latin American & Latino Studies
2011 - 2012 Ford Foundation Postdoctorate Fellow, Santa Clara University - Department of Sociology and the Alexander Community Law Center
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  • ILRLR 6080: Graduate Writing Seminar
  • IILRLH/LSP 3068: Organizing for Immigrant Worker Rights
  • ILRID 2500: Transfer Student Colloquium
  • ILRIC 2350: Work, Labor and Capital in the Global Economy (Globalization of Labor module)
  • ILRLR 2080: Writing Seminar in Labor Relations: Immigrant Worker Organizing
  • ILRLR 2060: Writing Seminar in the Law: Law and Society
  • ILRLR 3035-2: Seminar on Precarious Workers
  • ILRLR 3035-1: Applied Data Uses in the Social Sector


2008 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley ‐ Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography
2006 M.A., University of California, Berkeley ‐ Demography
2005 M.A., University of California, Berkeley ‐ Sociology
2002 B.S., Santa Clara University ‐ Sociology and Anthropology
2002 B.A., Santa Clara University ‐ Spanish

Contact Information

Shannon M. Gleeson
Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations
Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History
379 Ives Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901



Articles (19)

Contributions to Books (5)

Other (2)