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Faculty and Research

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We are home to world-class faculty who study work at every level. We create relevant research from across disciplines, including (but not limited to) sociology, history, law, HR studies, and anthropology. Our research influences public policy, informs business strategy and organizational design, and improves professional practices. We're innovative researchers, creating and using new approaches to help the world understand work.

Leveraging Tech for Meaningful Work

Employers who use technological advancement to reshape workers’ jobs can help improve patient care while improving the work experience of frontline health care workers, Associate Professor Adam Seth Litwin argues in a peer-reviewed commentary.
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Leveraging Tech for Meaningful Work

Reforming International Law Enforcement

Assistant Professor Desiree LeClercq argues that, while it will be difficult, international organizations must regain control over the enforcement of international law.
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Reforming International Law Enforcement

Scheinman Institute Polling Arbitrators, Mediators

How has Zoom changed dispute resolution practices during the pandemic? How will the arbitration and mediation profession be diversified? Early survey results are expected in December.
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Scheinman Institute Polling Arbitrators, Mediators

Research: COVID-19 Slows Birth Rate in U.S., Europe

Study co-authored by ILR’s Seth Sanders, the Ronald Ehrenberg Professor of Economics, indicates that COVID-19 has slowed birth rates in high-income countries.
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Research: COVID-19 Slows Birth Rate in U.S., Europe

Report Tracks NYS Policy Issues

Beginning in 2022, report will be published on Labor Day.
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Report Tracks NYS Policy Issues

Codeswitching and Perceived Professionalism at Work

Assistant Professor Courtney McCluney and co-authors recommend that companies expand or redefine what constitutes professionalism to encompasses a range of cultural norms, behaviors and values.
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Codeswitching and Perceived Professionalism at Work
Our Faculty

We host more full-time faculty involved in teaching and research that spans the broad range of work and employment disciplines than any other educational institution like us.

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Find an ILR faculty member

Catherwood Library

The Martin P. Catherwood Library offers expert research support through reference services, instruction, online guides, and access to premier collections. The collection consists of 250,000 volumes and 1500 serial subscriptions along with essential academic and practitioner databases and special format materials such as media and microforms. While many of these resources are academic in origin, we also collect directly from unions, corporations, governments, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, we are an International Labour Organization (ILO) Partner Library.

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Visit the Library
The Kheel Center

Our library hosts the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives. The Kheel Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible special collections pertaining to the history of the workplace and labor relations.

Over the years, many individuals and organizations generously donated their valuable materials to the Kheel Center. For some organizations, the center is the official repository. 

About the Kheel Center
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About the Kheel Center

Undergraduate Research

Students involved in ILR's many research opportunities develop close relationships with faculty, become authors or coauthors of published articles, and present at conferences and meetings.

 

Find out more about undergraduate research at ILR.

 

Find out more about graduate fellowships and financial aid.

Centers and Institutes

Each of ILR's centers and institutes focuses on a particular workplace-related theme and provides an umbrella of support for broad research programs involving our faculty.

Centers and Institutes
Centers and Institutes

Research Resources

ILR Press books

ILR Press

ILR Press publishes books about workplace issues, labor, management, and social policy. Written from a variety of perspectives, these books appeal to a diverse readership that includes scholars and students throughout the social sciences; practitioners, and, increasingly, the general public. Widely regarded as the most distinguished publisher in the field, ILR Press was founded more than fifty years ago as the publishing division of the ILR School. It is an imprint of Cornell University Press.

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Digital Commons

DigitalCollections@ILR offers electronic access to unique material that encompasses every aspect of the workplace. As a service of our Catherwood Library. we offer research and scholarly output including journal articles, working papers, and reports have been selected for inclusion in DC@ILR by the individual departments, centers, institutes, and programs within the ILR School, and deposited by authors or the staff at the Catherwood Library.

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ILR Review

The ILR Review is a peer-reviewed journal on work and employment issues. The Review is published by SAGE Publications. It is dedicated to international and interdisciplinary research that advances new theory, presents novel empirical work, and informs organizational and public policy.

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