Faculty

Kate Bronfenbrenner

Kate Bronfenbrenner is the Director of Labor Education Research and a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). She is also an Associate of ILR’s Worker Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1993. Bronfenbrenner's primary research and teaching interests focus on the impact of unions on economic and social inequality; union and employer organizing and bargaining strategies in a globalized economy; and the limits and potential for labor law reform.

Julie Farb

Julie Farb is the Director of the Center for Strategic Research at the AFL-CIO.  She leads a team of strategic researchers and campaigners in support of affiliate unions’ organizing initiatives.  Previously, she worked as a union researcher developing and executing strategic approaches for organizing and contract campaigns.  She has taught the craft of strategic research and campaign planning to students, workers, and union staff both in the classroom and in the field and has mentored and trained many union researchers on the job. She has an MA in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

Aaron Brenner

Aaron Brenner is a senior capital markets analyst at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. He does research and organizing for the UFCW's capital stewardship department. His work includes comprehensive organizing campaigns, shareholder activism, retirement security, and financial advising to locals. Prior to UFCW, he was a union researcher, freelance financial analyst, professor, and journalist. He is on the board of Homeland Stores, an employee-owned, 80-store unionized grocery chain in Oklahoma and Texas. He holds a PhD in labor history from Columbia University.

Aliqae Geraci

Aliqae Geraci is the Assistant Director of Research and Learning Services at Cornell University's Catherwood Library, where she coordinates research support to the Cornell, ILR School and broader disciplinary communities in employment and labor relations. A former public librarian and union researcher, she was a rank-and-file member of Local 1321 Queens Library Guild, and an analyst in AFSCME District Council 37’s Research and Negotiations department. Aliqae holds an MA in Labor Studies from the CUNY Murphy Institute, an MS in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, and is an active member of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center.

Chad Gray

Chad Gray is a researcher at Empower, LLC, a Mexico City-based organization conducting strategic research and capacity building for labor unions, community-based movements and other civil society groups across the Americas. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell's ILR School in 2014 where his dissertation focused on transnational organizing and bargaining campaigns in Brazil.. Before studying at Cornell, Chad worked as an organizer for the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE!) from 2002 to 2005.