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Kate Bronfenbrenner is the director of labor education research at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1993. Bronfenbrenner's primary research and teaching interests focus on union and employer behavior in organizing, bargaining, and contract administration, strategic corporate research and comprehensive cross-border campaigns, and the impact of global trade and investment policy on workers, wages, and unions.
Glenn W. Perusek
Glenn W. Perusek is director of the Center for Strategic Research at the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC. He oversees research and planning for strategic organizing initiatives. He earned a B.A. from Kent State University and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago, where he was a Merriam Fellow and won the Baker Prize. His publications include Shifting Terrain (2006). Perusek was a journeyman member of the typographical union in Chicago.
Aaron Brenner is a senior capital markets analyst at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. He does research and organizing for the UFCW's capital stewardship department. His work includes comprehensive organizing campaigns, shareholder activism, retirement security, and financial advising to locals. Prior to UFCW, he was a union researcher, freelance financial analyst, professor, and journalist. He is on the board of Homeland Stores, an employee-owned, 80-store unionized grocery chain in Oklahoma and Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in labor history from Columbia University.
Danielle Newsome is a student at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Prior to entering law school, Danielle worked as an organizer for the Northeast Region Organizing Project of the American Federation of Teachers, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and the Change to Win Federation. She earned her B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. While completing her degree, Danielle interned for the Congress of South African Trade Unions, where she coordinated and co-facilitated a strategic corporate research training for local union staff in the Western Cape.
Chad Gray is a Ph.D. candidate in labor relations at the ILR School, where he received an M.S. in 2009. His research focuses on transnational organizing and bargaining campaigns in Latin America. Before Chad came to Cornell he worked as a researcher and organizer for the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) from 2002 to 2005. While at Cornell he has worked on labor research projects for the ILR Office of Labor Education Research, the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU), the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA), and the National Guestworkers Alliance (NGA).
Program instructors are committed to assisting graduates of the program in finding strategic corporate research positions within the labor movement. In the first ten years of the program we have been able to place more than three hundred students in top research positions in the AFL-CIO, CTW, UNITE HERE, SEIU, USW, LIUNA, IBT, UFCW, AFT, AFSCME, ATU, and other unions across the United States.