Faculty and Staff


Core Faculty

Kent Wong

Labor Center Director

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Courses: Research on Immigration Rights, Labor, and Higher Education; Asian Americans and Law; Nonviolence and Social Movements


Kent Wong is the director of the UCLA Labor Center, where he teaches courses in labor studies and Asian American studies. He previously served as staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union. He was the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the founding president of the United Association for Labor Education, and currently is vice president of the California Federation of Teachers.

Gaspar Rivera-Salgado

Project Director

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Courses: Labor Summer Research Internship Program; Applied Research Methods in Los Angeles Labor Community; Fiat Lux Freshmen Seminar: Immigration Debate through Film; Community of Corporate Internships in Labor and Workplace Studies


Dr. Gaspar Rivera-Salgado was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently a project director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, where he teaches classes on work, labor, and social justice in the US and immigration issues. He also directs the Institute for Transnational Social Change, a project of the Labor Center. Gaspar has previously held positions at several universities in the United States (including the University of Southern California and the University of California, San Diego) and was named the 2005 Visiting Professor in Development and Human Rights at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. He currently serves as an advisor to several migrant organizations in California, including the Binational Center for Oaxacan Indigenous Development, the Coalition for Humane Human Rights of Los Angeles, and the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations. He has extensive experience as an independent consultant on transnational migration, race and ethnic relations, and diversity trainings for large organizations. His most recent publications include the edited volume (with J. Fox) Indigenous Mexican Migration in the United States (University of California, San Diego, 2005); and the upcoming edited volume (with E. Telles, and M. Sawyer) Just Neighbors?: Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States (Russell Sage Foundation Press).

Janna Shadduck-Hernandez

Project Director

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Courses: Working Families and Educational Inequalities in Urban Schools ; Labor Summer Research Internship Program; Social Movements and Labor in Los Angeles; Comprehensive Planning Project; Community of Corporate Internships in Labor and Workplace Studies

Janna Shadduck-Hernández’s interests lie in the intersections between labor, immigration, student and community activism, and the arts. Presently she is a project director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. She is also a lecturer teaching in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, César E. Chávez Chicano/a Studies Department, and the Labor and Workplace Studies Minor. She teaches Arts in Community; Labor, Social Justice, and the Arts; Immigration and the Visual Arts; Taking Action: Art and Community Change; Field Research Methods in Labor and Workplace Studies; Immigration, Labor, and Higher Education; Social Movements and Labor in Los Angeles; along with other special topics courses. For the UCLA Labor and Workplace Studies Minor course, Immigrant Rights, Labor and Higher Education, she co-edited the first student-authored publication about the experiences of undocumented students in higher education, Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Students Speak Out (2008). Janna received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Education within the Center of International Education in 2005. Her dissertation, Here I am Now! Community Service-Learning with Immigrant and Refugee Undergraduate Students and Youth: The Use of Critical Pedagogy, Situated Learning and Funds of Knowledge, examines the experiences of immigrant and refugee undergraduate students involved in a community service-learning program that incorporated critical and culturally relevant curriculum, peer-learning approaches, and creative and artistic exploration as ways to develop alternative educational models across similar ethnocultural communities. She has published various articles on the subject including articles in Labor Studies and Ethnography and Education. Janna has also been the codirector for the UCLA Global Learning Institute Summer Session in Guanajuato, Mexico (2006, 2007, 2008) through the UCLA International Institute-Global Studies (IDP). In partnership with the Universidad de Guanajuato, she teaches a qualitative research seminar titled Globalization in Context: Research Seminar GS110A and coordinates all programmatic aspects of this five-week summer session with 20-25 UCLA students in Mexico.

Victor Narro

Project Director

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Courses: Comprehensive Planning Project

Currently a project director for the UCLA Labor Center, Victor Narro has been involved with immigrant rights and labor issues for many years. At the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, Victor Narro’s focus is to provide leadership programs for Los Angeles’s immigrant workers and internship opportunities for UCLA students. Victor is also a lecturer for the Chicano/a Studies Department, where he teaches classes that focus on immigrant workers and the labor movement. Over the past few years, Victor has worked with janitors, hotel workers, laundry workers, sanitation workers, port truckers, and more recently, car wash workers. Victor was formerly the co-executive director of Sweatshop Watch. Prior to that, he was the workers’ rights project director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), where he was involved with organizing day laborers, domestic workers, garment workers, and gardeners. His work in multi-ethnic organizing led to the creation of the Multi-ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network (MIWON) in collaboration with KIWA, Garment Worker Center, and Pilipino Worker Center. Through Victor’s leadership, the day laborer project was able to grow into the National Day Laborer Organizing Network that today includes forty community-based worker centers from around the country. Before his tenure at CHIRLA, Victor worked in the Los Angeles regional office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Victor is co-author of Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America’s Cities (2008), and Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles (2010). He is also co-editor of a recent book, Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy (Cornell University Press, 2010). In 2005, Victor was appointed by L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to the Police Permit Review Panel of the Los Angeles Police Commission, where he served until 2010.



Maurice Magana  


Nancy Guarneros


Chris Newman  

Visiting Lecturers

Rev. James Lawson

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Courses: Nonviolence and Social Movements
Rev. Lawson has been an influential leader and teacher of nonviolence for more than a half-century. He helped to launch the Nashville sit-in campaign in 1960, which successfully desegregated the Woolworth’s lunch counter, and inspired a new generation of civil rights leaders throughout the South. He was also a leader of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike in 1968, which led to the successful organizing of sanitation workers. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while supporting the Memphis sanitation workers. Since then, Rev. Lawson has traveled throughout the country and the world to lead workshops and seminars developing a new generation of leaders trained in the philosophy of non-violence and the tactics of civil disobedience. In Los Angeles, Rev. Lawson has worked closely with the leaders of the Justice for Janitors campaign, hotel and restaurant workers, and with student activists to develop nonviolent strategies and tactics, which successfully organized low-wage workers of Los Angeles and undocumented students across the country. Influenced by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, central to the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, and key to emergence of Los Angeles as the resurgent center of the contemporary labor movement, Rev. Lawson is one of the most impactful social justice leaders of the twentieth-century.

Tom Hayden

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Courses: Students and Pro-Democracy Movements
Tom Hayden is a social and political activist and writer, known for his involvement in the anti-war, civil rights, and animal rights movements of the 1960s. Elected to the California State Assembly in 1982, he is admired for remaining politically active without sacrificing his principles. After over 50 years of activism, politics and writing, Tom Hayden is still a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, for erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He was a leader of the student, civil rights, peace and environmental movements of the 1960s, and went on to serve 18 years in the California legislature, where he chaired labor, higher education and natural resources committees. In addition to being a member of the editorial board and a columnist for The Nation magazine, Hayden is regularly published in the New York Times, Guardian, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Harvard International Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post and other weekly alternatives. As Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California, he organizes, travels and speaks constantly against the current wars. He also recently drafted and lobbied successfully for Los Angeles and San Francisco ordinances to end all taxpayer subsidies for sweatshops. The author and editor of twenty books, including the recently published "Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student Movements from Port Huron to Today," Hayden describes himself as "an archeological dig." He has taught most recently at UCLA, Scripps College, Pitzer College, Occidental College, and the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Sanford M. Jacoby, Ph.D. (Management)  
Jacqueline Leavitt, Ph.D. (Urban Planning)
Ching-Kwan Lee, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Ph.D. (Chicana and Chicano Studies, Urban Planning)  
Mark Q. Sawyer, Ph.D. (Political Science)
Janice L. Reiff, Ph.D. (History, Statistics)  

Christopher Erickson (Management)



Toby Higbie

Frank T. Higbie (Labor Minor Chair, History)

Maylei Blackwell
Maylei Blackwell (Chicana/o Studies)  
Sarah Haley
Sarah Haley (Gender Studies)  
Robin Kelley
Robin D.G. Kelley (History)  
Dan Mitchell
Daniel J.B. Mitchell (Management)  
Dylan Roby
Dylan Roby (Health Policy and Management)  
Katherine Stone
Katherine Stone (Law)  
Chris Tilly
Chris Tilly (Urban Planning)  
Roger Waldinger
Roger Waldinger (Sociology)  
Till von Wachter
Till von Wachter (Economics)  
Noah Zatz
Noah Zatz (Law)