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)

As of May 16, 2019 56 individuals are registered to attend!

2019 Sponsored by contributions from:
Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
Michigan State University, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations
University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor & Employment Relations
University of Minnesota, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Wayne State University, Labor@Wayne

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


Alternative Work

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,  David Weil, PhD, Dean, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University - Keynote Understanding the Changing Workplace through Research and Action: One Academic's Journey."

9:20 - 9:30 am, Break

9:30 - 9:50 am, (20 mins), Dan Schlademan, Organization United for Respect at Walmart
9:50 - 10:10 am, : (20 mins), Tyfani Faulkner, Organization United for Respect at Walmart

10:10 - 10:30 am, Q & A and Discussion, Break

10:30 - 11:30 am, Panel on Publishing
  • Xiangmin (Helen) Liu, Rutgers University
  • Rosemary Batt, Cornell University,ILR Review
  • Tobias Schulze Cleven, Rutgers University
  • Robert Bruno, Labor Education Program, University of Illinois and editor of Labor Studies Journal
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.

Please also fill out the Google form at the following link to ensure the co-chairs have accurate information about the attendees and so they can prep the speakers to discuss the questions and issues that most interest you." https://forms.gle/37w3ie5joknXAv2h7


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.