Ruth Milkman appointed to the Graduate Center

Ruth Milkman

Professor, Ph.D. Program in Sociology

Ruth Milkman joins the Graduate Center as professor of sociology and associate director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. With a current research focus on the sociology of labor, Milkman has also published extensively on gender and work. Her prizewinning book Gender at Work: The Dynamics of Job Segregation by Sex during World War II (Illinois, 1987) is still widely read and cited, and is considered a classic work in both women’s labor history and the sociology of gender. Milkman also published a study of U.S. auto workers, Farewell to the Factory (California, 1997). Her most recent book is L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006) which has been widely discussed in the academic community, as well as the labor movement, for its account of immigrant organizing and the conditions under which union revitalization occurs. Collaborating with Rutgers economist Eileen Appelbaum, Milkman is currently at work on a study of paid family leave and is also part of a large project surveying labor law violations in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. After more than twenty years at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught sociology and directed the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment from 2001 to 2008, Milkman returns to the Graduate Center, where she began her distinguished career. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Photo: Courtesy of Ruth Milkman

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2009

Category: New Appointments to the GC