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Visiting Fellow Profile

Gill Kirton

GillianKirtonCountry of Origin: United Kingdom
Visiting Period: February 17 - May 20 2013
Faculty Sponsor: Professor Lieberwitz

Background & Previous Experience: Professor Gill Kirton is a widely published, leading British researcher in the field of employment relations, organizational equality, and diversity. One strand of her research has explored unions' gender equality strategies in the context of union decline and the revitalization project. One of her most recent projects is a comparative investigation of women's leadership in American and British unions working with colleagues at Cornell University and Rutgers University. Professor Kirton has published numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, and five books. She sits on the editorial boards of two major journals in her field: Gender, Work and Organization and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She convenes the Gender and Industrial Relations Study Group of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association, which is a group that works to increase the visibility of women in industrial relations research.

Current Research at ILR: Professor Kirton is working with Professor Lieberwitz and Dr. Sally Alvarez on outputs from the comparative research project (UK/USA) funded for two years (2008-2010) by the prestigious UK-based foundation, The Leverhulme Trust. A book to be published by Routledge late in 2012 is in press. The book looks at the impact of women and feminism on the union movements in both the US and UK. As a part of the research for the book, Professor Kirton and her colleagues ran a cross-national exchange program where 10 female union leaders from the US and 10 female union leaders from the UK met to discuss their work, interests, issues they have come across, and their strategies for overcoming various obstacles in their careers. This exchange also developed into an e-network for the women, and thus was not only academically successful, but also made a positive impact in the lives of the female participants. Lastly, Professor Kirton is also working with her colleagues on several refereed journal articles and conference papers from the project and two of the most recent appear in Human Relations and the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

- Gill Kirton