Since 2002, Bob Bussel has been professor of history and director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. Previously, Bussel was a labor educator at Penn State University for seven years.
Before entering the university labor education field, Bussel worked for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. He was assistant to the senior executive vice-president of ACTWU, coordinated the J.P. Stevens boycott in New Jersey, and directed organizing campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic States.
Bussel holds a masters degree in labor education from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. His first book, From Harvard to the Ranks of Labor: Powers Hapgood and the American Working Class, was published in 1999. He recently completed a second book titled Creating Working-Class Citizens: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and the Quest for Total Person Unionism.
Bussel has published numerous articles on labor history and contemporary labor issues. He also conducts applied research on work and employment issues, including co-authorship of three studies on the privatization of school support services in Oregon.
As a labor educator, Bussel has conducted trainings and workshops in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, internal organizing, labor-management participation, and message framing.
In recent years Bussel has become deeply interested in issues affecting immigrant workers from both a research and an activist perspective. He edited a 2008 University of Oregon report on the immigrant experience in Oregon and in 2010, convened the Integration Network for Immigrants in Lane County, a group that seeks to create more welcoming communities for immigrants and their families. He is also currently working on a film documenting the history of home care workers in Oregon.
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