Historical and contemporary perspectives on working life in the twenty-first century

Working Lives

Russell_Jason (6)Welcome to Working Lives.  My name is Jason Russell.  I am an Associate Professor of History and Labor Studies at Empire State College – State University of New York .  I have been working full-time in academia since 2010, but I was a part-time instructor for several years before joining Empire State College.  I also worked in the gas utility industry for seventeen years in unionized operations roles.  My Ph.D. is in History from York University in Toronto, Canada.

My current research focuses on labour and management in Canada from the 1940s to the 1990s.  My first book — Our Union: UAW/CAW Local 27 from 1950 to 1990 —  was published by Athabasca University Press in 2011.  My second book — Making Managers in Canada, 1945 – 1995: Companies, Community Colleges, and Universities — was published this year by Routledge.  I recently collaborated with Stephanie Ross at McMaster University on an article that examines a union’s response to a plant closure in Southern Ontario.  I am also collaborating with Andrew Smith at the University of Liverpool and Kevin Tennent at the University of York on a project that looks at the legacy of a book called The Modern Corporation and Private Property Adolf A. Berle and Gardiner C. Means.

Here is the latest version of my CV:  Jason Russell CV October 2018

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An interview with Ian Manborde from Ruskin College in 2014