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Faculty

At ILR, you will have the opportunity to study with faculty who are known and respected throughout the world. By the time you graduate, they will know you well enough to write strong, well-informed recommendations and provide support and advice as you enter the next phase of your life, whether you are attending law school or another graduate program, or starting a full-time job. Here is a sample of ILR's outstanding faculty.

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Jack Goncalo
Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior
"Are happy employees more productive? Are more diverse groups more creative? Why do some people work harder than others? Is it personality or situational effects? Why do some firms die out more quickly and how do you ensure that an organization survives? These are things you'll encounter wherever you work.

As a psychologist, I'm interested in understanding the world so I can change it, not just describe it. I'm not interested in abstract phenomena or things that I can't apply, and you have to understand the psychological mechanisms that explain why people do what they do if you want to change people and groups for the better."

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Lance Compa
Senior Lecturer, Labor Relations, Law, and History
"I believe in trade among nations. I think it leads to growth and development and wealth creation, but it has to be done on the basis of fairness and human rights and labor rights. Finding ways to ensure these rights in the global economic system is the big-picture issue that we need to address looking ahead 10 or 20 years.

I want students to leave my classes with the ability to properly analyze the behavior of governments and corporations and the dynamics of international trade. I want them to be informed citizens who can look at what their government is doing and understand the policy proposals, who can hear what one presidential candidate says and what another one says and understand how their ideas fit into global economic policy. You cannot go into any organization nowadays without global sensitivity, without understanding that the marketplace is a global marketplace."

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Jefferson Cowie
Professor, Labor Relations, Law, and History
Professor Cowie shares his ideas with millions of people through interviews and articles in The New York Times, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN. His most recent book, Stayin Alive: The 1970's and The Last Days of The Working Class, won numerous awards, including the 2011 Francis Parkman Prize, which is awarded by the Society of American Historians for the best book in American history each year.

"The world we live in today was shaped by a series of conflicts. If you pull back the curtain of history, you see this messy world of power struggles. In my classes, I like to discuss the many ways in which common people often asserted their demands against powerful people and institutions, and even if they did not completely win, they altered the system. Learning about this can really change a student's relationship to the past and the present, as they realize their own time is also constructed through these conflicts."

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Beth Livingston
Assistant Professor of Human Resource Studies
"If you find you are the person who's thinking about the conflict in a group or you're the leader, this is the perfect major for you. You may not even be the appointed leader, but if you're the one who emerges as the person who solves problems, notices which people don't interact well with others, or notices injustices as to who is chosen into the groups, you'll love what you can study at ILR.

The great thing about HR, and this is why I love teaching it, is that every single person who ever has a job will deal we these issues. No matter where you end up, you're going to care about being treated fairly, or maybe you'll be in charge of people and want to know how to make your team stronger or how to be a better leader. I want students to understand that they're going to be able to use what I teach, not just for the private sector, but also to enhance government and nonprofit institutions. If you care about government or nonprofits, then you probably need HR knowledge more than people working for corporations, because your organizations will likely have fewer resources available, so the improvements you can make are much more important."