2026 Board of Trustees

Shannon Gleeson

Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations

Shannon Gleeson is the Edmund Ezra Day Professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.   She also holds a co-appointment with the Brooks School of Public Policy, and is co-director of the Cornell Migrations Initiative.  Gleeson earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of California, Berkeley and was previously on the faculty of the Latin American & Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Her recent books include Scaling Migrant Worker Rights: How Advocates Collaborate and Contest State Power (with Xóchitl Bada, University of California Press, 2023) and Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States (University of California Press, 2016).  With Els de Graauw, she has also examined the implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the challenges of coalition building and local governance.  She is currently working on a book manuscript with coauthors, entitled Status at Work: Power, Race, and the Law in the Immigrant Workplace. 


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