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Our flexible, interdisciplinary major lets students pursue a wide range of academic interests and careers.

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Study the workplace comprehensively with the world's highest concentration of workplace faculty.

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Professional Education

Invest in your career by learning from instructors who blend world-leading research with business-tested practicality.

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Every ILRie Has a Story

JC Tretter ’13 talks in an interview about broken bones, ruffling feathers, a bum knee, almost quitting football, constant eating, the fun of pro football, what’s next (not lawyering, fyi) and Cornell places he loves.

Joseph Carl "JC" Tretter Jr. '13
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ILR School Events

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Neil Cholli

Neil Cholli, Klarman Fellow

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Neil Cholli

Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy

Please join the Cornell ILR Climate Jobs Institute on March 1st and 2nd for a statewide conference, “Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy.” The conference will be a generative convening with labor unions and allies, environmental justice groups, community advocates, workforce development organizations, and government officials to share best practices, build relationships, and learn from one another how we chart the way to a more diverse, equitable and unionized clean energy workforce.
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Generating Equity: Pathways to Union Careers in Clean Energy

Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Alex Willén

Alex Willén, Norwegian School of Economics

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Joint Labor & Public Economics Workshop: Alex Willén

AI and Data Science in the Workplace

The role of AI and data science on the future of work is a growing emphasis for ILR faculty research and teaching.

New research by Professor Virginia Doellgast is an example of how ILR faculty are studying the effects of new technology on the workplace. In her latest paper, Doellgast explores how workers can be protected from algorithmic management and AI abuses.

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Artificial Intelligence Conscience
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“My time at the ILR School helped me understand both labor and management perspectives, which has proven to be a solid foundation for my career.”
Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball

Number of Striking US Workers Rose 141% in 2023

Research Spotlight

The number of striking workers in the United States, particularly in private-sector industries, more than doubled from 2022 to 2023, according to a report published Feb. 15 by the ILR School.

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Catherwood Library

The Martin P. Catherwood Library is the most comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America, offering expert research support through reference services, instruction, online guides and access to premier collections.

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ILR in the News

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Future of Work Provides Grant to Study Immigrant Workplace

Postdoctoral fellow Youbin Kang will work with Professors Gleeson and Griffith to research recent policy changes by the Department of Homeland Security.
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Future of Work Provides Grant to Study Immigrant Workplace

3 Strategies to Keep Your Best Employees

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Professor Bradford Bell contends that while attracting top talent remains crucial, retention is the real test of organizational resilience.
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3 Strategies to Keep Your Best Employees

Rwandan Leader Giving Konvitz Lecture

Thirty years after the genocide that devastated his country and killed most of his family, Freddy Mutanguha continues to stand for the empathy he developed in the tragedy’s aftermath.
Freddy Mutanguha will deliver the 2024 Konvitz Lecture.
Rwandan Leader Giving Konvitz Lecture

Students Debate Freedom of Expression’s Impact on Business

Cornell Chronicle
Students sparred over whether promoting freedom of expression in the workplace drives innovation and improves business, or interferes with decision-making and results in gridlock, during a debate and discussion held Feb. 7 in Ives Hall.
At the Feb. 7 debate, Leo Glasgow ’26 (standing) argues that freedom of expression is good for business.
Students Debate Freedom of Expression’s Impact on Business

Campus Life

A view of student life at Cornell University's ILR School in Ithaca, NY.

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Enjoying some blue skies in front of Ives ☀️ #ILRSchool #Cornell

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Cornell Commitment rewards students who exemplify Cornell’s commitment to academic excellence, service, leadership, learning, discovery, and work! This past weekend, we spotted a few of our Cornell Commitment ILRies at an event dedicated to cheering on the women’s hockey team! #cornellilr …

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Congrats to the Labor Action Tracker team for its 2023 annual report detailing why and where nearly half a million American workers went on strike last year! Written by Kathryn Ritchie ’24, Johnnie Kallas, Ph.D. ’23, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, and ILR doctoral student Deepa…

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❤️❤️ILRies spreading kindness! Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️❤️ #bekind #kindness #love #valentines #ilrschool #cornell

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Big shout out to Big Red women’s ice hockey! Last week, ILR ‘27 Annelies Bergmann was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week for her amazing work as the team’s goaltender. The team won against 3-1 against Union College on February 10th and they are currently ranked #6 in the nation. Huge…

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We had a great time watching members of @cornelldebate for the Freedom of Expression Debate Series! This week, we got to hear our very own Spanish debate team debate the topic: ¿Es Fomentar la Libertad de Expresión en el Lugar de Trabajo una Buena Práctica Empresarial? Thank you to the SC College…

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