Organizer, Author, Scholar, PhD
2017: Post Doc, Harvard Law School, Labor & Worklife Program
2015: Ph.D., City University of New York, Graduate Center
1988: B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo (degree conferred June 2009)
Graduate Student Awards
2014-2015: American Association of University Women, American Dissertation Fellow
2010-2015: Enhanced Chancellors Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center
2015: Best Graduate Student Paper, Labor Section, American Sociological Association
Present: Senior Policy Fellow, University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Labor & Employment Relations; Strikes Correspondent, The Nation magazine.
2015-2017: Post Doc, Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
2010-2015: PhD Student, Candidate, and Graduate, CUNY Graduate Center
2002-2008: Service Employees International Union
International Executive Board, (elected), 2007-2008
Executive Director (Chief Negotiator) Nevada 2004-2008
National Deputy Director for Strategic Campaigns, Healthcare, 2002-2004
1997-2001: AFL-CIO, National Organizer, Director, Stamford Organizing Project
1994-1997: UU Veatch Program (Foundation), Senior Program Officer
1991-1993: Highlander Research and Education Center, Director, Program on Globalization
1988-1991: Earth Island Institute, Co-Director, Environmental Project on Central America
Striking Back, forthcoming, Verso Press.
A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing & the Fight for Democracy, January 2020, ECCO/Harper Collins.
No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, October 2016, Oxford University Press.
Raising Expectations and Raising Hell, My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, 2012, Verso Press.
“Forging New Class Solidarities, Organizing Hospital Workers.” In Transforming Classes, Socialist Register, edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo, (London, UK: Merlin Press, 2015).
“The High-Touch Model: Make the Road New York’s Participatory Approach to Immigrant Organizing.” In New Labor in New York, Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement, edited by Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott, (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014).
“Don’t Mobilize, Organize!” In Start Making Sense, edited by Don Hazen, (San Francisco, CA: Alternet Books, 2005)
“The Crisis of New Labor and Alinsky’s Legacy: Revisiting the Role of the Organic Grassroots Leaders in Building Powerful Organizations and Movements,” Politics and Society, September, 2015
“It Takes a Community, Building Unions from the Outside In,” New Labor Forum, 12(1):23-32, Spring 2003
“This Massachusetts Nurses Union is Reviving the Strike,” The Nation, July 19, 2017
“The Distractor-in-Chief: Trump Counts on Media Falling for His Off-the-Wall Tweets and Failing to Focus on What Matters, Bannon and Trump seek to undermine all experts who stand in their way,” Alternet, March 6, 2017
“Election 2016: We’ve Got Some Big Lessons to Learn from Recent Political Victories
We must start by confronting racism,” Alternet, November 23, 2016
“Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age: There Are No Shortcuts,” Excerpt, Alternet, September 4, 2016
“Warning Signs: Fear, Fascists and Hate Win in Britain—Heads Up, USA
Unions in the USA, note to self: The base isn’t listening,” Alternet, June 24, 2016
“We Need Syriza in Illinois,” The Nation, February, 16, 2015
“Labor’s Only Real Choice: Beating Harris v. Quinn and Right-to-Work Attacks from the Inside Out,” The Nation, July 2, 2014
“Harris v. Quinn: Separate, and Not Equal,” Alternet, July 2, 2014
“What Angelina Jolie Didn’t Tell You About Breast Cancer and That Gene,” Alternet, May 31, 2013
“Organizing as Whole People,” Open Democracy, September 24, 2013
“Make the Road New York: Success Through Love and Agitation,” The Nation, May 31, 2013
“Lessons From Wisconsin,” with Bill Fletcher, Jr., The Nation, June 26, 2012
“Union and Environmentalists: Get It Together!,” The Nation, April 18, 2012
“Labor’s Last Stand,” The Nation, February 16, 2011
“Making Unions Matter Again,” The Nation, December 2, 2010
“War Against People and Environment,” with Florence Gardner, Z Magazine, January, 1990
Graduate School (and Postdoc) Related Papers, Panels, Presentations
“Rebuilding Strikes & Working Class Power: Building High Participation Unions,” Paper Presentation, Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, Manchester, England, March 2017
“Building High Participation Unions,” Social Science History Association, Panel Discussion, November, 2016
“Marx, Mead, Methods and Mechanisms” Paper Presentation, Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, Manchester, England, March 2016.
“The Central Role of Worker Agency,” Presentation, Invited Session Panel, American Sociological Association, August 2016.
“The Biggest Union Success You’ve Never Heard Of,” Paper presentation, Labor Section Panel, American Sociological Association, August 2015.
“Building High Participation Unions,” Keynote Speech, Unifor National Organizing Conference, Montreal, Canada, August 2015 (Canada’s largest private-sector union).
“Power is Through Participation,” Speech, National Union of Professional & General Employees (NUPGE), Toronto, August 2015.
“Gender and Power in Healthcare Organizing,” Keynote Speech, PASNAP Annual Convention, April 2015, (Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals).
“Lessons from the Chicago Teachers Union Strike,” Paper Presentation, Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, Manchester, England, March 2015.
“Building Power in the New Millennium,” Guest Lecture, Harvard University Trade Union Program, January 2015.
“Building High Participation Organizations, Mobilizing v. Organizing,” Keynote Speech, the Parkland Institute, Edmonton, Canada, November 2014.
“Organizing, Mobilizing, What’s the Difference?,” Paper Presentation, Historical Materialism Conference, London, England, November 2014.
“The Crisis of New Labor and Alinsky’s Legacy,” Paper Presentation, Labor Section Panel, American Sociological Association, August 2014.
“Organic Grassroots Leaders and Alinsky’s Legacy,” Paper Presentation, Politics & Protest Workshop, CUNY Graduate Center, March 2014.
“Leaders, Organizing and Mobilizing,” Paper Presentation, Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, Manchester, England, March 2014.
“The High Touch Model in Immigrant Organizing,” Paper Presentation, Eastern Sociological Association, February 2014.
Discussant for Paper by John Krinsky and Paul Getsos, “We Just Need to Go Eygpt on their Ass! The Articulation of Labor and Community Organizing in New York City with Occupy Wall Street,” Politics & Protest Workshop, March, 2012.
Discussant for Paper by Olena Nikolayenko, “Youth Movements and Elections in Non-Democracies,” Politics & Protest Workshop, November, 2012.
Profiles About My Work
D.D. Guttenplan, “An interview with Jane McAlevey,” The Nation, February 2, 2017.
Bryce Covert, “Reviving the Labor Movement By Letting Women Lead,” The Nation, January 10, 2014 (this article profiled myself, along with Ai-jen Poo, Saru Jayaraman, Sarita Gupta, Karen Lewis and Bhairavi Desai).
Patrick Coolican, “New Face of Labor has Heart, Drive,” Las Vegas Sun, December 10, 2006.
Greg Donaldson, “With Justice for All?,” Fast Company, August 31, 2000.
Robin Finn, “In 15 Mug Shots, a Model of Disobedience”, New York Times, November 9, 2000.
For recent television and radio interviews, my website contains graduate school era media, including MSNBC, NPR and more.
Graduate School Service
Best Book Award Committee, Labor Section, American Sociological Association, 2013-3014.
Best Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, Labor Section, American Sociological Association, Chair, 2015-2016.
Member and Mentor, CUNY Graduate Center Student Mentor Program.
- Spanish, French proficiency.
- Directed and produced two documentary shorts on the largest health care strike in Connecticut history, 2001.
- 1% “Test” Counter (to establish, in each county, would there be a recount, only two people per side took part in these crucial first counts among 1% of a county’s ballots), Regular Ballot Counter, Floor Manager, Florida Presidential Election Re-Count, 2000.
- Connecticut Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Affordable Housing, Senatorial Appointment, 2000.
- Teacher, Cornell University’s Institute for Labor Relations, Summer Institute, 1999–2003, Ithaca, NY.
- Adjunct Professor, Cornell University’s School for Industrial Labor Relation, Spring Semester 2002 (designed and taught courses on union organizing, bargaining, power, and strategy).
- Chair, Program Committee, Environmental Grantmakers Association, 1996.
- Member, Youth Action Board of Directors, 1990–1994.
- Chair, the United States Student Association, 1985.
- Trainer, the Midwest Academy of Organizing, 1985–1986.
- Elected Student Body President, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1983-84.
- Elected Statewide SUNY Student Association President, 1984-85.
- Trustee, State University of New York, 1985–1986 (defacto with my election as statewide student association president).