LERA 72nd AM 22nd PhD Student Consortium 2020

LERA 22nd Annual PhD Student Consortium

Sustainability and the Future of Work(ers)

Monday, June 15, 2020, 7 am – 12 pm
Skyline I
(Held in Conjunction with the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020)

2019 consortium had 56 individuals in attendance!

2020 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

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

22nd PhD Student Consortium Co-Chairs:

Wendy Long   Jake Barnes

Wendy Long
University of North Carolina
at Charlotte 

 Yea Hee Ko
University of Wisconsin-Madison
 Qian Zhang
University of Toronto

 Jacob Barnes
Rutgers University


Sustainability and the Future of Work(ers)

This year’s consortium will introduce the LERA annual meeting’s theme of sustainability—the ability of individuals, organizations, communities, societies, and nations to meet human needs and aspirations—with a particular eye toward the future of work and workers. Panelists and speakers coming from both academic and practitioner backgrounds will bring a diverse set of perspectives to debate the driving forces behind broad economic, social and political destabilization, as well as potential strategies to promote future individual and organizational sustainability in the face of these trends. The consortium will also bring together a panel of young scholars to discuss trends within our own future of work as PhD students.

2020 LERA PhD Student Consortium Agenda

7:00am: Registration Open

7:30‑8:30 am: Featured Speaker John Mitchell and Continental Breakfast, Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield (Pavilion Ballroom)

8:35-9:00am: Participant introductions and welcome to the consortium by co-chairs

9:00-9:30am: Keynote speaker: Steven Greenhouse, Author, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, former New York Times journalist

9:30-9:40am: Break

9:40-10:40am: Morning panel (senior academics in sustainability/future of work research)

  • Tod Rutherford, Syracuse University
  • Mijin Cha, Occidental College
  • Kelly Pike, York University
  • Dionne Pohler, University of Toronto
  • Mevan Jayasinghe, Michigan State University

10:40-10:50am: Break

10:50-11:50am: Young scholar panel on experience after PhD

  • Saehee Kang, Marquette University (Rutgers PhD 2019)
  • Sean O'Brady, McMaster University (Université de Montréal PhD 2018, Cornell postdoc 2018-19)
  • Mike Maffie, Penn State (Cornell PhD, 2018)
  • Greg Distlehorst (MIT PhD 2013, Stanford postdoc 2012-13, University of Toronto postdoc 2013-15)

11:50-12:00pm: Conclusion

12:15-1:45pm: LERA presidential luncheon (Pavilion Ballroom)


You will have the opportunity to RSVP to this event at the time that you register for the LERA 72nd Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. 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 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, 2020.

Register at https://lera.memberclicks.net/72nd-lera-anl-mtg. For best price register by the early bird discount deadline, March 25, 2020. 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.