In her role as administrative services coordinator for the IU-Bloomington Labor Studies Program, Sarah serves as recorder for the Minor, Certificate, Associate and Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies degree programs. Additional duties include being the scheduling officer for the credit program and manage registration for students on the Bloomington and Southeast campuses; provide administrative support to the faculty; and manage the office.
Lynn Duggan has interests in comparative social policy and labor movements; European family policies and women's labor force inclusion; pre- and post-unification East and West Germany; working conditions in retail employment; women in building trades; immigration policy; and gender and development in the global South. She has published in Comparative Economic Studies, Feminist Economics, and the National Women's Studies Association Journal, and in several anthologies and is a co-editor of The Women, Gender, and Development Reader. Her teaching includes Race, Class, Gender and Work; Labor and the Economy; Gender and Development; and Comparative Labor Relations. She has been employed as staff researcher for the Service Employees International Union, District 1199 ( West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio) and for the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 951.
"M. Thandabantu Iverson received his doctorate from the Dept. of Political Science at Clark Atlanta University in 2007. His dissertation, "Serving in the Shadows: African-American Women Health Care Workers in Gary, Indiana, 1980-2000," is an examination of workplace and union conditions and resistance strategies of African American women. His areas of scholarly interest are Feminist Theory, African-American Political Thought, Labor Studies, Human Rights, and Comparative Politics. Prof. Iverson has been a faculty member in Labor Studies since 1996.
Prior to joining the Labor Studies faculty at IUN, Thandabantu worked in a number of occupations in different industries, including: health & safety organizer on the international staff of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU); coal miner and mine safety activist with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA); auto worker with the United Auto Workers (UAW); and steel worker with the United Steel Workers of America (USWA).
Dr. Iverson brings to his teaching and scholarship the lessons of participation in several social movements, spanning several decades, within the United States. These include: the Civil Rights, Black Power, African Liberation Support, Vietnam Anti-War, New Left, and Human Rights Movements.
Prof. Iverson's principal teaching and research interests are: the intersections of multiple forms of oppression and discrimination in U.S. social structures and institutions; the relationships between hierarchical social locations and power relations and identity, agency, democratic political activism and critical political theory; the development of political alliances and coalitions across boundaries of domination and difference; and the building, maintenance, and reproduction of social movements as vehicles of human rights resistance and liberation.”
William was raised in Brazil where he participated in the student and later the labor movement, as an activist in the metal workers union. After moving to the United States he worked as an ironworker and was also active in his local union, holding various leadership positions. He received a BA in Historical Studies from Empire State College, State University of New York (SUNY), an MA and PhD in Historical Studies and Political Science from the Graduate Faculty-New School for Social Research. His major areas of research are social and labor movements in Brazil and in the United States, specifically examining the intersection of class and political power in a historical perspective. He has published articles and book chapters both in the US and in Brazil, exploring labor organizing, globalization, education and working class political participation. He has recently published the book New York Longshoremen, Class and Power on the Docks (University of Florida Press, 2010). He is currently conducting research that explores the problems of class and consciousness illustrated by the emergence of conservative working class organizations in Brazil over time. He has also been responsible for the organization of the Labor Studies International Program Brazil, Conflict and Social Justice, since 2005.
Paul Mishler is Associate Professor of Labor Studies. He has worked in college-level Labor Education since 1990, teaching previously at the State University of New York and the University of Massachusetts. As a historian Paul Mishler has written on both the history of radicalism in the United States, and on issues facing the labor movement historically and today. Among his publications are the book Raising Reds (Columbia U. Press, 1999) and articles such as “U.S. Trade Unions and the Crisis in Values” in the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, “Labor, Teachers Unions, and Social Justice: Restoring the Promise of Public Schools” for the Ohio Education Association, and “The Carpenter in the Union Hall: Teaching Labor and Religion” in the Labor Studies Journal. He teaches courses on US Labor History, Labor and Society, and Labor and Religion.
Dr. Irene Queiro-Tajalli received her B.S.W. from Argentina, her M.S.W. from Iran, and her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of practice and teaching are generalist social work practice with a focus on community practice. Since 2001 she has developed and taught online courses. She has extensive experience in working with clients from diverse backgrounds including Latinos, Native Americans, and Iranians. Her volunteer positions have been at the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Queiro-Tajalli serves as the Chair of the Latino Social Worker/Human Services Providers Network of Indiana. She is the President of the DANESH Institute; a certified site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation; member of the Editorial Board of ACOSA, and member of the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, NASW Indiana Chapter. Her current presentations and writings focus on community organizing, aging, online teaching, and Latino issues.
Joseph Varga is a former Teamster shop steward and long time labor activist, having worked for the IBEW and the New York State Working Families Party. He worked numerous jobs before entering academics, including truck driving, forklift operating, and service work. He received his doctorate in Sociology and Historical Studies in 2008 from the New School for Social Research, and taught in the Department of History at Brooklyn College before arriving at IU in 2009. His research interests include labor geography and spatial analysis as applied to working-class communities, and the phenomenology of working-class experience. He is currently working on a project detailing the spatial history of de-industrialization in Southern Indiana. Joe is also active in Jobs with Justice, and numerous other activist causes. Joe is a member of the United Association of Labor Educators, and is co-chair of UALE's On-Line Education Working Group. He is also a member of the Working Class Studies Association, the American Historical Association, the Adjunct Faculty Coalition of IUPUI, and the IUPUI LGBT Faculty Staff Council.
Dr. Walker has been with the IUPUI School of Social Work in the Labor Studies Program since August, 2008 and is responsible for teaching and coordination of credit and training classes within the Labor Studies Program. Dr. Walker holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri -- Columbia, an MA in Public Affairs from the Harry Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, Columbia , an MA in English from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield , Missouri , and a BS in English from Drury University in Springfield , Missouri . Dr. Walker’s research interests lie in issues involving state and federal policies concerning workers and workers' education, social stratification, poverty, and e-learning in a distributed learning environment.