Labor Research Colloquium


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All lectures held at the ERB Memorial Union (EMU), Miller Room, on the University of Oregon campus.


January 23, 2019, 4–5 pm
Yi Yu, PhD candidate, Department of Geography

A “Prison of Love”: Exploitation and the promotion of “care ethics” for female care workers in China
Feminist geographers and employers alike have called for an ethics of attentiveness, responsibility, and responsiveness in care work.  But how do these demands for intensive emotional labor shape the working conditions – and the self-concept – of the women who do this work?  This talk reports on empirical research in Shanghai and Beijing to challenge the call for low-wage, high-guilt emotional labor. Download the .pdf


April 10, 2019, 4–5 pm
Diego Contreras, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology

Mexican Labor Contractors in the Oregon Agriculture Industry
The struggle of farmworkers is seen as a contest between workers and growers.  In reality, labor contractors play a key role in the industry, connecting workers from Mexico and Central America with temporary farm labor markets.  This talk focuses on the impact of Mexican-born labor contractors on workers’ working and living conditions. Download the .pdf


May 8, 2019, 4–5 pm
Mark Brenner, PhD, Career Instructor, Labor Education & Research Center


The Impact of ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws on Jobs, Wages and Economic Growth

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