LERA 23rd Annual PhD Student Consortium

"Labor under Uncertainty: COVID-19 and the Biden-Harris Administration"

Monday, June 7, 2021, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm ET
Plenary Stream
(Held in Conjunction with the LERA 73rd Annual Meeting, June 5-8, 2021)

This consortium is sponsored by contributions from:
Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Florida International University, College of Business
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management and IWER

Michigan State University, School or Human Resources and Labor Relations
Pennsylvania State University, School of Labor and Employment Relations
Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations

University of Toronto, Center for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor & Employment Relations

23rd PhD Student Consortium Co-Chairs:

Matt Hinkel Ki-Jung Kim

Matt Hinkel
Michigan State University

Ki-Jung Kim
University of Illinois 


"Labor under Uncertainty: COVID-19 and the Biden-Harris Administration"

As the Biden-Harris administration begins, the environments surrounding labor are becoming even more uncertain because of the COVID-19 crisis. As employment relations/human resource (ER/HR) researchers, how can we approach labor issues under such uncertainty? In keeping with the annual meeting’s focus on the employment relationship in this current era of division and disruption, this year’s consortium will focus on how we as aspiring junior ER researchers can best approach and study these issues. While these times are undoubtedly challenging, they also present transformational opportunities for redefining worker power and representation. In the consortium, a prominent keynote speaker in our area will share their perspective on this topic. Also, a panel of faculty, who has recent experience as search committee members for ER/HR positions, will offer their thoughts and advice on how we can achieve success in this unique academic job market.

2021 LERA PhD Student Consortium Agenda

11:15 - 11:45 am ET: Participant introductions and welcome to the consortium by co-chairs

11:45 am - 12:15 pm ET: Keynote speaker: Dr. Thomas Kochan, Professor and Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research

Author: Shaping the Future of Work: A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract

12:15 - 12:25 pm ET: Break

12:25 - 1:15 pm ET: Panel with hiring experience: Job market success strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Dr. Adrienne Eaton, LERA President and Distinguished Professor and Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Peter Berg, Professor and Director, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Dionne Pohler, Associate Professor, Acting Director and PhD Chair, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Ryan Lamare, Associate Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1:15 - 1:30 pm ET: Conclusion


You will have the opportunity to RSVP to this event at the time that you register for the LERA 73rd Annual Meeting, June 5-8, 2021, Virtual. 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 this 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.


The registration fee includes access to both the PhD Student Consortium and to the entire 4 days of LERA meetings being held June 5-8, 2021.

Register at https://lera.memberclicks.net/73rd-lera-anl-mtg. For best price register by the early bird discount deadline, March 25, 2021. 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 student rate ($45) 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.