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Visiting Fellow Profile

Paula Cristofalo

Paula CristofaloCountry of Origin: France
Visiting Period: February 4th - April 30th, 2013
Faculty Sponsor: Lowell Turner, Ph.D. 

Background & Previous Experience: Paula Cristofalo is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the University of Paris Est Créteil where she has worked on the ZOGRIS project of "Evolving Employment Norms and Emerging Forms of Inequality: Towards a Comparison of Gray Zones" since April 2012. She has a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre where her dissertation discussed "Trade Unionism and Expertise: the Institutionalization of a Milieu of Experts towards Workplace Representatives (from 1945 until now). In her most recently published peer-reviewed journal article, she and Karel Yon, Ph.D., discuss the practical meaning of the shift from "worker education" to "union training" within the French Trade Union CGT-­‐Force Ouvrière. Paula has also published extensively and written several book chapters related to trade unions and industrial relations. 

Current Research at ILR: At the ILR School, Paula intends to study US literature on labor expertise and "strategic organizing", particularly the role of academics and private consultants to assist labor unions in the area of health and safety conditions at work.

- Paula Cristofalo