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Shannon Gleeson

Edmund Ezra Day Professor and Chair
Global Labor and Work (GLW)


Shannon Gleeson is the Edmund Ezra Day Professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and holds a joint appointment with the Brooks School of Public Policy. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of California, Berkeley and was previously on the faculty of the Latin American & Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include Building Citizenship From Below: Precarity, Migration, and Agency (Routledge, 2017, edited with Marcel Paret), Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States (University of California Press, 2016), The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants (Routledge, 2014, edited with John Park), and Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston (Cornell University Press, 2012). With Els de Graauw, she has also examined the implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the challenges of coalition building and local governance. They are currently working on a book manuscript entitled Advancing Immigrant Rights in Houston. Gleeson is also completing a book manuscript (with Kate Griffith, Darlène Dubuisson, and Patricia Campos-Medina), entitled Status at Work: Power, Race and the Law in the Immigrant Workplace. Additionally, she has a longstanding interest in the evolution of anti-capitalist currents within the immigrant rights movement (current research with Sofya Aptekar, Andy Battle, and Marcel Paret), and with Kate Griffith is embarking on a project with the National Immigration Law Center to evaluate the use of prosecutorial discretion in the service of labor rights enforcement.


Journal Articles


  • Xóchitl Bada, Shannon M Gleeson. 2023. Scaling Migrant Worker Rights: How Advocates Collaborate and Contest State Power. University of California Press, 2023.
  • Xóchitl Bada, Shannon M Gleeson. 2019. Accountability Across Borders: Migrant Rights in North America. University of Texas Press, 2019.
  • Marcel Paret, Shannon M Gleeson. 2017. Building Citizenship from Below: Precarity, Migration, and Agency. Abingdon and New York: Routledge (reprint of Citizenship Studies special issue), 2017.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2016. Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016.
  • John SW Park, Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2012. Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston. Ithaca, NY, United States: Cornell University Press, 2012.

Book Chapters

  • Shannon M Gleeson, Kati Griffith. 2022. Workers with Temporary Protected Status: The Value and Limits of Delinking Immigration and Employment Status. in Race, Gender and Contemporary International Labor Migration Regimes: 21st-Century Coolies?. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Edward Elgar Press, 2022. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez and Leticia Saucedo. (110-123)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2021. Labor Precarity, Immigration, and the Challenges of Accessing Worker Rights: Evidence from California. in Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship . Rutgers University Press, 2021. Sylvanna Falcón, Steve McKay, Juan Poblete, Catherine Ramírez, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer..
  • Xóchitl Bada, Shannon M Gleeson. 2020. Transnational Networks for Portable Migrant Labor Rights in North America. in Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs (Global Institutions Series). Routledge Press, 2020. Dennis Dijkzeul and Margit Fauser. (43-63)
  • Irene Bloemraad, Els de Graauw, Shannon M Gleeson. 2020. Immigrant Organizations: Civic Voice, Civic (In)equality, and Civic (In)visibility. in The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook. 3rd Edition. Stanford University Press, 2020. Walter W. Powell and Patricia Bromley. (292-313)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2019. From Co-optation to Radical Resistance: An Examination of Organized Labor’s Response(s) to Immigrant Rights in the Era of Trump. in Labor in the Time of Trump. Cornell University/ILR Press, 2019. Jasmine Kerrissey, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson. (149-168)
  • Xóchitl Bada, Shannon M Gleeson. 2018. Estrategias consulares y de la sociedad civil para mejorar el cumplimiento de los derechos laborales de los inmigrantes mexicanos en Estados Unidos (Spanish translation by Sylvia Escárcega Zamarrón). Mexico City, D.F., Mexico: Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora , 2018. Antonio Alejo Jaime. (237-261 )
  • Amada Armenta, Shannon M Gleeson. 2018. Immigration and Job Quality. in Oxford Handbook of Job Quality. 2018. Rachel Dwyer, Chris Mathieu, and Chris Warhurst. (Accepted)
  • Xóchitl Bada, Shannon M Gleeson. 2018. The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation and the Challenges to Protecting Low-Wage Migrant Workers. in Accountability across Borders: Migrant Rights in North America. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. Xóchitl Bada and Shannon Gleeson. (83-112)
  • Xóchitl Bada, Shannon M Gleeson, Els de Graauw. 2018. Union Organizing, Advocacy, and Services at the Nexus of Immigrant and Labor Rights.. in No One Size Fits All: Worker Organization, Policy, and Movement for a New Economic Age. Labor Employment Relations Association, 2018. Fine, Janice, Linda Burnham, Kate Griffith, Minsun Ji, Victor Narro, Steven Pitts, and Teo Reyes.
  • Els de Graauw, Shannon M Gleeson. 2017. Context, Coalitions, and Organizing: Labor Rights Advocacy in San Francisco and Houston. in The City Is the Factory: Social Movements in the Age of Neoliberal Urbanism. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2017. Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis. (80-98)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2015. Between Support and Shame: The Impacts of Workplace Violations for Immigrant Families. in Research in the Sociology of Work: Immigration and Work. Bingley: Emerald, 2015. Tony Payan and Erika De la Garza. (29-52)
  • 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. (207-232)
  • 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, United States: Routledge, 2014. John SW Park and Shannon Gleeson . (179-202)
  • Leisy J. Abrego, Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Workers, Families, and Immigration Policies. in Undecided Nation: Political Gridlock and the Immigration Crisis. New York, United States: Springer, 2014. Tony Payan and Erika de la Garza. (209-228)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2013. Unauthorized Immigration to the United States. in Immigrants in America: Arrivals, Adaptation and Integration. Santa Barbara, CA, United States: 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, Canada: 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, United States: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2008. S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Irene Bloemraad. (107-133)

Book Reviews

  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2021. Review of Chen, Ming Hsu. Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era. (Stanford University Press, 2020). Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, 2021.
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2019. Review of Carré, Francoise and Chris Tilly. Where Bad Jobs Are Better: Retail Jobs across Countries and Companies (Russell Sage Foundation, 2017). American Journal of Sociology, 2019. (1562-1564)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2018. Review of Délano Alonso, Alexandra. From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration, and Social Rights Beyond Borders. (Oxford University Press, 2018). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2018. (1376-1378)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2017. Review of Gonzales, Alfonso. Reform without Justice: Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State. in Perspectives on Politics. Oxford University Press, 2017. (240-241)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2015. Review of: Card, David, and Steven Raphael. Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality. National Poverty Center Series on Poverty and Public Policy (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2013). in Contemporary Sociology. 2015. (786-788)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2015. Review of: Mora, G. Cristina. Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American. (University of Chicago Press, 2013). in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 2015. (265-269)
  • Shannon M Gleeson. 2014. Review of: Lee, Catherine. Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration. (Russell Sage Foundation, 2013). in American Journal of Sociology. 2014. (624-626)
  • 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)