LERA 74th AM 24th PhD Student Consortium 2022

LERA 24th Annual PhD Student Consortium

"Moving from Voice to Identity: Centering Workers’ Intersectional Identities in Theory & Research"

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm ET
Plenary Stream
(Held in Conjunction with the LERA 74th Annual Meeting, June 2-5, 2022)

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

24th PhD Student Consortium Co-Chairs:

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Alysa Hannon
Rutgers University 

Yaminette Diaz-Linhart


"Moving from Voice to Identity: Centering Workers’ Intersectional Identities in Theory & Research"

This year’s PhD consortium reflects on the theme of LERA’s 74th annual conference, “Elevating Voice and New Voices in the Workplace and Beyond,” through the lens of recent scholarship in Industrial Relations (IR) that has called for a centering of workers’ intersectional identities as well as the socio-structural dynamics which both ground and shape them (Lee & Tapia, 2021; Tapia, Ibsen & Kochan, 2015). This work has critiqued ideas like the notion of an analytically leverageable ‘general worker’ and, relatedly, traditional conceptualizations of class and worker power which ignore social categorical identities and structures (e.g., race and gender, among others).

The consortium will feature two sessions, one panel and one workshop. In conversation with scholars leading this critical work, the first session will explore implications for the IR field and for labor scholarship, examining the assumptions that underly traditional IR theory and what is required to update and align them with workers’ lived experiences. The second session will explore ways of operationalizing these ideas in research by learning from and exchanging best practices with a group of senior PhD students who conduct practitioner-oriented research in direct collaboration with organizations and workers. Ultimately, the consortium aims to facilitate a conversation around what it means to move from voice to identity amid the broader context of this year’s conference and to inspire students to define the scope of future labor research.  

2022 LERA PhD Student Consortium Agenda

11:15 - 11:40 am ET: Participant introductions and welcome to the consortium by co-chairs

11:40 am - 12:20 pm ET: Panel   |   The Future of Industrial Relations and Labor Research: Making the Case for Critical (IR) Theory

12:20 - 12:30 pm ET: Break

12:30 - 1:10 pm ET: Workshop  |   From Theory to Practice: Best Practices for Conducting Research in Collaboration with Workers and Worker Organizations

1:10 - 1:30 pm ET: Conclusion


You will have the opportunity to RSVP to this event at the time that you register for the LERA 74th Annual Meeting, June 2-5, 2022, 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 form 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 2-5, 2022.

Register at https://LERAweb.org/lera-74th-am. For best price register by the early bird discount deadline, March 25, 2022. 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 in the chat, and following the consortium, refunds will made to the card you used when you registered.


Tapia, M., Ibsen, C.L., Kochan, T.A. (2015). Mapping the frontier of theory in industrial relations: the contested role of worker representation, Socio-Economic Review, 13(1), pp. 157-184, https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwu036

Lee TL, Tapia M. Confronting Race and Other Social Identity Erasures: The Case for Critical Industrial Relations Theory. ILR Review. 2021;74(3):637-662. doi:10.1177/0019793921992080