LERA 21st Annual PhD Student Consortium

Alternative Work

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 8:30 – 11:45 am
Vanda North & South
(Held in Conjunction with the LERA 71st Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019)


2018 Sponsored by contributions from:
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Labor and Employment Relations

Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations

21st PhD Student Consortium Co-Chairs:

Jenna Myers Ben Kreider Hyesook Chung Bulin Zhang

Jenna Myers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Benjamin Kreider

Brandeis University

Hyesook Chung

Cornell University

Bulin Zhang

Rutgers University



This year’s consortium will broadly highlight “Alternative Work” through the lens of alternative working arrangements—such as contracting and gig work—as well as alternative worker organizations—such as co-ops and online platforms for worker organizing.  Both lenses intersect with the wider LERA annual meeting theme, “Ahead of the Curve: Challenges Posed by Technology and the New Work Force”.  Planned events at the consortium include several keynote speakers to share the academic and practitioner perspectives on alternative work.  The agenda will also include a panel of early career scholars who will discuss career and publication issues by outlining the “journey” of a paper from an early draft through submission and publication.

2019 LERA PhD Student Consortium Agenda

8:00 - 8:30 am, Check-in and Breakfast
8:30 - 8:50 am, Participant Introductions and Welcome to the Consortium by co-chairs
8:50 - 9:20 am, Keynote speech on alternative work arrangements, David Weil, PhD, Dean, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
9:20 - 9:30 am, Break
9:30 - 9:50 am, Topic (20 mins), (Speaker TBA)
9:50 - 10:10 am, Topic: (20 mins), (Speaker TBA)
10:10 - 10:30 am, Q & A and Discussion, Break
10:30 - 11:30 am, Panel on Publishing
  • Author Speaker TBA, Affiliation

  • Rosemary Batt, Cornell University,ILR Review

  • Author Speaker TBA, Affiliation

  • Editor Speaker TBA, Affiliation
11:30 am - 11:45 pm, Conclusion
12 - 1:45 pm, LERA Presidential Luncheon - tables reserved for LERA PhD Students

Evening activities to be determined


You will have the opportunity to RSVP to this event at the time that you register for the LERA 71st Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. If you are already registered and would like to attend this consortium, please contact [email protected] so it can be added to your registration.


The registration fee includes a badge that will provide access to both the PhD Student Consortium and to the entire 4 days of LERA meetings being held June 13-16, 2019.

Register at https://lera.memberclicks.net/71st-lera-anl-mtg. For best price register by the early bird discount deadline, March 25, 2019. Registration fee is deeply discounted for LERA student members.


Depending on fundraising, students attending the consortium may be reimbursed all or a portion of the early-bird student rate ($125) for their meeting registration fees following the conference. You will need to be present at the consortium and sign-in, and following the conference, checks will mailed to the address you list when you sign-in.