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.  I am working on a second monograph, under contract with Routledge, that focuses on the development of management education and training in Canada from the late 1940s to the late 1990s.  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 an article that looks at the legacy of a book called The Modern Corporation and Private Property. 

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

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An interview with Ian Manborde from Ruskin College in 2014