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Amelia Fortunato
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Sociology

Degrees/Diplomas: B.A. Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College

Research Interests: labor and labor movements, race and ethnicity, collective behavior and social movements, working class politics

Inspired by my years as a union organizer in Chicago, my research focuses on race in the American Labor Movement. Specifically, I have written about historical cases of anti-black discrimination and violence in labor struggles, as well as solidarity and discordbetween organized labor and racial justice movements. More broadly, I am interested in theories of working class identity formation, political ideology and behavior, social movement spillover and interaction, and racial solidarity and conflict. In additionto my academic research, I teach Sociology courses at John Jay College as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. I am also the student representative for the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA); a student fellow with ARC, CUNY’s Advanced Research Collaborative; and a member of the Student Advisory Board for Social Problems.