As they study workers, employers, and the government policies affecting them, the faculty members of this department draw on the fields of anthropology, economics, history, law, labor relations, political science, and sociology.
Our courses in Global Labor and Work explore issues within the framework of American society, stress fundamental forces of change, and analyze texts and empirical data with methods drawn from the social sciences, the humanities, and the legal professions. Courses also cover topics such as globalization, development economics, union revitalization, labor and employment law, international labor rights, comparative industrial relations, international migration, cross-cultural organizational behavior, comparative social policy, labor and social movements, as well as courses on specific countries and world regions. We are also concerned with understanding and comparing labor and employment systems, and with analyzing the dynamics of globalization as they relate broadly to work and capital. Among the faculty are specialists on Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.