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Richard Alba Elected to National Academy of Sciences in Recognition of Work on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Distinguished Professor Richard Alba (Credit: Princeton University Press)


Distinguished Professor Richard Alba (Sociology) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors in academia, in recognition of his vast body of work on race, ethnicity, immigration, and the sweeping demographic changes in the United States.

“I cannot imagine anything more gratifying than to be recognized in this way for the research that one has devoted a lifetime to,” Alba said.

Alba is part of the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center, and previously served as its acting director. He has served as president of the Eastern Sociological Society and as vice president of the American Sociological Association.

A prolific scholar and author, Alba has also written articles for the general public. In his 2015 op-ed for The New York Times, “The Myth of a White Minority,” he emphasized the need “to measure and redress inequalities.” He is frequently cited in the press as an expert on demographic categories, such as those used by the Census Bureau.

His forthcoming book, The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream, explores why the number of young Americans with ethno-racially mixed backgrounds is rising and the pivotal role they will play in the country’s future.

Alba’s recent books include The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective (co-edited with Mary Waters) and Blurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America.


Source: Richard Alba Elected to National Academy of Sciences in Recognition of Work on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Luke Elliot-Negri Named to 2020 Labor Top 40 Under 40 in NYC

Graduate Center Doctoral Student Luke Elliot-Negri Named to 2020 Labor Top 40 Under 40 in New York City and State Magazine Touts Top Labor Activists 

NEW YORK, April 13, 2020 — The Graduate Center of The City University of New York congratulates Luke Elliot-Negri, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, who was selected this week as one of the top 40 labor leaders under 40 years of age in New York City by City and State Magazine.

Elliot-Negri is widely recognized for his advocacy on behalf of The Graduate Center’s chapter of the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents 30,000 faculty and staff at CUNY and the CUNY Research Foundation.-The PSC is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

He is in the elected leadership of the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents some 30,000 faculty and staff at CUNY. He is also an officer on the Executive Council, as well as the coordinator for the union’s political action fund, VOTE COPE.

“It is an honor to be publicly recognized for the work of building labor power, but the truth is that there is no way to build power that really matters without dozens, hundreds, thousands, and ultimately millions of leaders,” said Elliot-Negri. “Even just in my small corner of the organized labor universe, the real story is the dozens of people who I’ve worked and struggled alongside for the past six years.”

An officer on the PSC executive council and coordinator for the union’s political action fund, VOTE COPE, Elliott-Negri also chairs The Graduate Center’s PSC. He recently helped lead a campaign for improved pay for the more than 12,000 adjunct professors who make up the majority of the teaching staff at CUNY. A new labor contract was approved by the CUNY board of trustees late last year.

Elliott-Negri is a research associate at the School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY. He is author of several articles about industrial unionism and is the co-author of a policy report on Connecticut’s paid sick days law. His dissertation analyzes the history and prospects of the New York–based Working Families Party against the backdrop of the literature on American exceptionalism with respect to party formation. His co-authored book project about social movement success and failure is under review at Oxford University Press.

“The importance and the power of collective action and solidarity has been made even clearer in the coronavirus moment, as grocery clerks, delivery workers, nurses and many more engage in workplace action to protect themselves and their communities, Elliot-Negri said. “I am quite sure that some of those leaders who are under 40 and should be on next year’s City and State’s list.”

About The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
The Graduate Center, CUNY is a leader in public graduate education devoted to enhancing the public good through pioneering research, serious learning, and reasoned debate. The Graduate Center offers ambitious students more than 40 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, taught by top faculty from throughout CUNY — the nation’s largest public urban university. Through its nearly 40 centers, institutes, initiatives, and the Advanced Science Research Center, The Graduate Center influences public policy and discourse and shapes innovation. The Graduate Center’s extensive public programs make it a home for culture and conversation.


Source: Luke Elliot-Negri Named to 2020 Labor Top 40 Under 40 in NYC

[Book] Alexandrea J. Ravenelle (Alum)

Alexandrea J. Ravenelle 
Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy
(University of California Press, 2019)

Choose your hours, choose your work, be your own boss, control your own income. Welcome to the sharing economy, a nebulous collection of online platforms and apps that promise to transcend capitalism. Supporters argue that the gig economy will reverse economic inequality, enhance worker rights, and bring entrepreneurship to the masses. But does it?

In Hustle and Gig, Alexandrea J. Ravenelle shares the personal stories of nearly eighty predominantly millennial workers from Airbnb, Uber, TaskRabbit, and Kitchensurfing. Their stories underline the volatility of working in the gig economy: the autonomy these young workers expected has been usurped by the need to maintain algorithm-approved acceptance and response rates. The sharing economy upends generations of workplace protections such as worker safety; workplace protections around discrimination and sexual harassment; the right to unionize; and the right to redress for injuries. Discerning three types of gig economy workers—Success Stories, who have used the gig economy to create the life they want; Strugglers, who can’t make ends meet; and Strivers, who have stable jobs and use the sharing economy for extra cash—Ravenelle examines the costs, benefits, and societal impact of this new economic movement. Poignant and evocative, Hustle and Gig exposes how the gig economy is the millennial’s version of minimum-wage precarious work.

Ravenelle graduated in 2018 with a Ph.D. in sociology.

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