Shannon Gleeson

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Shannon Gleeson

Associate Professor
Labor Relations, Law, and History

Overview

Shannon Gleeson earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. She joined the faculty of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Fall 2014, after six years in the Latin American & Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on the experiences of low-wage workers, the role of immigrant documentation status, and legal mobilization. She has also conducted research on immigrant civic engagement and the bureaucratic processes of labor standards enforcement. Her publications have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Latino Studies, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, International Migration, and Social Science & Medicine. Her book, "Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston," was published in 2012 by Cornell University Press.

She is currently working on a book that examines the promises and failures of U.S. labor and employment law, the challenges low-wage workers face when they come forward to file a claim, and their experiences in fighting for justice. Additionally, she is engaged in two 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.

Publications

Journal Articles

Books

  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012.

Book Chapters

  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Activism and Advocacy. in Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2014. Lois Lorentzen.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Navigating Occupational Health Rights: The Function of Illegality, Language, and Class Inequality in Workers’ Compensation. in The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants. New York : Routledge, 2014. John SW Park and Shannon Gleeson .
  • Leisy J. Abrego, Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Workers, Families, and Immigration Policies. in Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis. New York: Springer, 2014. Tony Payan and Erika de la Garza.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2013. Unauthorized Immigration to the United States. in Immigrants in America: Arrivals, Adaptation and Integration. Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 2013. Elliott Barkan. (1539-1552)
  • Irene Bloemraad, Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Making the Case for Organizational Presence: Civic Inclusion, Access to Resources, And Formal Community Organizations. in Comparative Urban and Community Research: Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2012. Michael Peter Smith and Michael McQuarrie. (109-134)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2008. Organizing for Latino Immigrant Rights in Two U.S. Cities: The Case of San Jose and Houston. in Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations and Political Engagement. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2008. S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Irene Bloemraad. (107-133)

Book Sections

  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2013. Undocumented Workers. in Sociology of Work. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference, 2013. Vicki Smith.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2011. Day Laborers, Worker Centers & Immigrants and Unions. in Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. Kathleen Arnold.

Book Reviews

  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Review of: Lee, Catherine. 2013. Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration. in American Journal of Sociology. Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2014.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Review of: Mora, G. Cristina. 2013. Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American. in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. University of Chicago Press, 2014. (Accepted)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2013. Review of McKay, Sonia, Eugenia Markova, and Anna Paraskevopoulou 2001. Undocumented Workers' Transitions: Legal Status, Migration, and Work in Europe. in Ethnic and Racial Studies. 2013. (892-894)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Review of: Apostolidis, Paul. Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy. in Contemporary Sociology. 2012. (61-63)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Review of: Sarathy, Brinda. Pineros: Latino Labour and the Changing Face of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest. in Human Ecology. 2012. (807-809)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2011. Review of: Norris, Jim. North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry. in Journal of American Ethnic History. 2011. (103-105)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2009. Review of: Telles, Edward E. and Vilma Ortiz. Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race. in City and Community. 2009. (197-199)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2008. Review of: Jiménez, Francisco, Alma M. García, and Richard A. Garcia. Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican Americans in Search of Justice and Power, The Struggle for Citizenship Rights in San José, California. in Contemporary Sociology. 2008. (472-473)

Professional Activities

  • Navigating the Bureaucracy, Searching for Justice: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States. Presented to Labor Relations, Law & History and International & Comparative Labor. 2014.
  • Precarious Labor, Tenuous Rights: Lay v. Legal Conceptions of Justice at the Workplace. Presented to University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. 2014.
  • Lay vs. Legal Conceptions of Justice at the Workplace. Presented to American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA. 2014.
  • Legal Status as Precarity Multiplier: Social & Economic Consequences of At-Will Employment & Unjust Termination for Unauthorized Workers. Presented to Labor Employment Relations Association. Portland, OR. 2014.
  • Consular and Civil Society Strategies for Improving Enforcement of Labor Standards for Mexican Immigrants. Presented to Latin American Studies Association. Chicago, IL. 2014.
  • “Navigating the Bureaucracy, Searching for Justice: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States. Presented to University of California - Santa Cruz (Professor Steve McKay). Santa Cruz, CA. 2014.
  • When Do Papers Matter? An Institutional Analysis of Undocumented Life in the United States. Presented to West Valley College. Saratoga, CA. 2014.
  • Navigating the Bureaucracy, Searching for Justice: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States. Presented to Global Labour Research Centre. York University. 2014.
  • A New Approach to Migrant Labor Rights Enforcement: The Crisis of Undocumented Worker Abuse and Mexican Consular Advocacy in the United States. Los Angeles, CA. 2014.
  • Rights in Name Only: Labor Market Reintegration and Economic Precarity in the Wake of Workplace Violations. Presented to Center on Poverty and Inequality. Stanford University. 2014.
  • Precarious Labor, Tenuous Rights: Lay v. Legal Conceptions of Justice at the Workplace. Presented to University of California-Los Angeles. 2014.
  • Common Themes, Common Challenges. Presented to University of Southern California. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to ILR Cornell University. 2013.
  • Immigration Reform & Marriage Equality. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. 2013.
  • Rights in Theory, Rights in Practice: Unpacking the Individual and Institutional Elements of Enforcing Worker Rights. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz (Instructor: Jessica Fernandez). 2013.
  • Rights in Theory, Rights in Practice: Unpacking the Individual and Institutional Elements of Enforcing Worker Rights. New York, NY. 2013.
  • Transnational Labor Advocacy: Civil Society and Consular Reponses to the Rights of Mexican Immigrant Workers. New York, NY. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. New York, NY. 2013.
  • Labor Market Outcomes and the Effect of MSA-level Differences in National Origin Discrimination Claims Rates and Local Immigration Enforcement. Boston, MA. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to University of California - Santa Cruz. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to University of California -Santa Barbara. 2013.
  • The Limits to Lawyering: Findings from a Survey of Low-Wage Workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Presented to César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, University of California-Los Angeles. 2013.
  • Claiming Rights, Reclaiming Dignity: Examining the Legal Mobilization of Low-Wage Workers. New Orleans, LA. 2013.
  • Immigration Policies Hurt Immigrant Families More Than They Help. Presented to Rice University. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to Stanford University. 2013.
  • The Limits to Lawyering: Findings from a Survey of Low-Wage Workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reno/Sparks, NV. 2013.
  • Between Support and Shame: The Impacts of Workplace Violations for Immigrant Families. Presented to International Institute Program on International Migration, University of California-Los Angeles. 2013.
  • When Do Papers Matter? Institutional Analysis of Undocumented Life in the United States. Presented to University of California-Berkeley. 2013.
  • Rights in Theory, Rights in Practice: Unpacking the Individual and Institutional Elements of Enforcing Worker Rights. Presented to University of California-Santa Cruz. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to University of California-Davis. 2013.
  • Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Presented to Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame. 2012.
  • An Evaluation of the Economic Argument in Favor of Immigrant Rights” Workshop for the Working Group. 2012.
  • Immigrants and Occupational Health. Presented to Center of Expertise on Migration and Health Research. 2012.
  • COEMH Research Training Workshop. Presented to Center of Expertise on Migration and Health Research Workshop. 2012.
  • Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Past and Present Emigration Policies. San Francisco, CA. 2012.
  • Organized Labor & State Politics. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. 2012.
  • Brokering Rights: Examining the Legal Mobilization of Undocumented Workers. San Francisco, CA. 2012.
  • Immigrant Rights. Presented to Monterey Institute of International Studies. 2012.
  • Navigating Occupational Health Rights: Low-Wage Work, Immigration, and Workers’ Compensation in California. Presented to University of California – Irvine School of Law. 2012.
  • Rights in Theory, Rights in Practice: Barriers to Claims-making for Immigrant Workers. Presented to Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies, San Jose State University. 2012.
  • Mobilizing Rights, Navigating Bureaucracies: Assessing the Legal Mobilization of Low-Wage Workers. Presented to The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Project for Global Workers’ Rights. 2012.
  • Choosing Your Path in Sociology. Presented to Santa Clara University. 2012.
  • Pay, Papers and Pain: The Occupational Health Experiences of Latino Immigrant Restaurant Workers. Presented to University of California-Santa Cruz. 2012.
  • To Protect One, We Must Protect All: Bureaucratic Scripts for Protecting Undocumented Workers. Las Vegas, NV. 2011.
  • Presented to University of California, Hastings. 2011.
  • Presented to 6th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health. Center of Expertise on Migration and Health Research Workshop. 2011.
  • Assessing Processes of Legal Mobilization amongst Low-Wage Immigrant Workers: Findings from the San Francisco Bay Area. 2011.
  • Towards a More Transformative Vision of Immigration Reform: Navigating the Realms of the ‘Ideal’ and ‘Non-Ideal. Presented to University of California – Berkeley School of Law and Haas Diversity Research Center. 2011.
  • Creating a Research Presentation: Do’s and Don’ts. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. 2011.
  • Two Paths to Justice: Framing & Strategizing Immigrant Labor Rights in San Jose & Houston. Presented to University of California-Davis. 2011.
  • Article Publishing. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. 2011.
  • Considering Grad School: Assessing Your Options and Becoming Your Best Advocate. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. 2011.
  • Assessing Processes of Legal Mobilization amongst Low-Wage Workers. Presented to University of California – Los Angeles. 2011.
  • Theory Building or Building Justice through Research? Lessons Learned from a Survey of Low-Wage Workers. Presented to Santa Clara University. 2011.
  • To Protect One, We Must Protect All: Bureaucratic Scripts for Protecting Undocumented Workers. Presented to University of California – Irvine School of Law. 2011.
  • The Road Paved with Good Intentions: Bureaucratic Efforts to Protect the Undocumented Worker in the United States. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. 2010.
  • Migration and Health. Presented to University of California – San Francisco. 2010.
  • Immigration Reform: A Look at SB1070. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. 2010.
  • They Come Here to Work!” v. “Tenemos Que Aguantar”: The Power and Limitations of the Legalization Rhetoric for Claims-Making Amongst Undocumented Workers. Atlanta, GA. 2010.
  • Wasted Talent and Hard Work: An Evaluation of Framing in the Immigrant Rights Movement. Chicago, IL. 2010.
  • Rights in Name Only: An Examination of the Workers Compensation System in California. Oakland, CA. 2010.
  • Author Meets Critic: ‘Undermining Race: Ethnic Identity in Arizona Copper Camps, 1880-1920’ (Phylis Martinelli, University of Arizona: 2009). Oakland, CA. 2010.
  • Waiting for Payday: Patterns in Federal Wage & Hour Enforcement. Oakland, CA. 2010.
  • Reassessing the Scope of Civil Society for Immigrant Communities: Lessons Learned. Cleveland, OH. 2009.
  • Protecting Your Own: The Mexican Consulate and the Área de Protección. Presented to Connecticut College. 2009.
  • No es tan grave….Rejecting Workers’ Compensation Benefits: A Case Study of Latino Immigrant . San Francisco, CA. 2009.
  • Membership, Opportunity, and Claims Making: Undocumented Immigrants Negotiating Bureaucracies. Denver, CO. 2009.
  • Using Quantitative Data in Your Research. Presented to University of California-Santa Cruz. 2009.
  • Tenemos Que Aguantar: Legitimating Exploitation and the Ethic of Citizenship for Undocumented Workers. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. 2009.
  • The Emergence of a Transnational Bureaucracy in Domestic Labor Standards Enforcement? Consular Efforts to Protect Immigrant Workers. Presented to University of California – Santa Cruz. 2009.
  • The Daily Special: Barriers to Accessing Rights for Undocumented Workers in the Restaurant Industry. Presented to University of California-Santa Cruz. 2008.
  • Law and Society… and Race. Honolulu, HI. 2008.
  • No es tan grave…Rejecting Workers’ Compensation Benefits: A Case Study of Latino Immigrant Restaurant Workers. Presented to Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California- San Diego. 2008.
  • Labor Protections for All?: Immigrant Documentation Status and Legal Consciousness. Boston, MA. 2008.
  • Getting Through Graduate School. Presented to Latino/a Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Boston, MA. 2008.
  • Immigrants and the U.S. Economy. Presented to University of California-Berkeley. 2008.
  • La Movilización de la Comunidad Inmigrante Latina en Un Año Electoral. Presented to Multicultural Institute. Berkeley, CA. 2008.
  • From Rights to Claims: The Role of Civil Society in Making Rights Real for Undocumented Workers. Presented to University of California-Berkeley. 2008.
  • Papeles y Derechos: Workplace Violations and Claims-Making Amongst Latino Immigrant Workers. Presented to UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender. 2008.
  • State Variation in Labor Violations in the U.S. 2007.
  • Labor Violations and Opportunities for State and Local Responses. Presented to City and County of San Francisco. 2007.
  • Civic Inequality: Civic and Political Presence among Immigrants in the Silicon Valley.” Session: Immigrant Civic and Political Engagement: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Chicago, IL. 2007.
  • “Organizing for Latino Immigrant Rights in Two U.S. Cities: The Case of San Jose and Houston. New York, NY. 2007.
  • Presented to Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, Santa Clara University. 2007.
  • Latino Civic Organizing in Comparative Perspective: How Individual, Community, and Contextual Determinants Shape Civic and Political Participation. Presented to American Sociological Association. Montreal, Canada. 2006.
  • Return on Investment: Educational Choices and Demographic Change in California's Future. Los Angeles, CA. 2006.
  • Re-conceptualizing the Economic Integration of Immigrants: A Comparison of Economic and Political Migrants, The Case of the Mexican and Vietnamese Communities. Presented to American Sociological Association. Philadelphia, PA. 2005.
  • Economic Integration of Immigrants: Comparison of Mexican and Vietnamese Outcomes. Presented to Center for Latino Policy Research, University of California-Berkeley. 2005.
  • An Analysis of the Determinants of the Economic Integration of Immigrants: A Multi-Dimensional Approach. Presented to Population Association of America. Philadelphia, PA. 2005.
  • An Analysis of Wage Attainment and Occupational Status of Mexican Immigrant Men Living in the U.S.: A Comparison of Current Population Survey and Mexican Migration Project Data. Riverside, CA. 2004.
  • Burnout in the Non-profit Human Services. Presented to Santa Clara University. 2002.
  • Organizational Culture in a Non-profit Human Service Organization. Presented to Santa Clara University. 2002.
  • Exploring the Experience of Low Income Latinos in Silicon Valley. Presented to Santa Clara University. 2001.