Cornell University, Labor Relations, Law, and History

Program ID:Cornell-Labor Relations, Law, and History-POSTDOCFOWKG [#24580, WDR-00036144]
Program Title: Postdoctoral Associate in the ILR Future of Work Program
Program Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Law
Labor and Employment / Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Worker training, Labor Studies
Stipend:Salary of $70,000.00
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/03/22, finished 2023/07/31, listed until 2023/09/22)
Description:   URMs  

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The ILR School at Cornell University is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate in the ILR Future of Work program beginning in the Fall 2023 semester.  The theme is the Intersection of Low-wage Workers’ Rights and Immigration Policy.  The Postdoctoral Associate will work with ILR faculty members Kate Griffith and Shannon Gleeson.  In addition to working on their own research, the Postdoctoral Associate is expected to conduct research with Griffith and Gleeson to advance a new research project in this area.  This new project will evaluate recent experiments to rationalize the directives of immigration enforcement and labor rights enforcement through prosecutorial discretion for unauthorized immigrant workers. A number of labor rights cases that engage this policy are winding their way through the process. Drawing on this timely and unique policy shift, this project seeks to examine the impacts these efforts have on workers, labor advocates and labor rights enforcement agencies.  The project aims to present research findings in both academic and practitioner outlets.

There are no teaching expectations connected to this position.

Postdoctoral Associate is a full-time, academic, non-tenure track, term position with an initial one-year appointment. The position may be extended for a second year, depending on available funding and work.

Roles and Qualifications

The Future of Work postdoc would advance research at ILR in a number of ways.  Research activities would include interviews as well as constructing a comprehensive database of relevant legal documents, media coverage and secondary literature.  To advance the research, the Postdoctoral Associate will connect to lawyers, representatives from government agencies, and civil society groups involved in the cases.  The Postdoctoral Associate will also work with Griffith and Gleeson and their colleagues at Cornell’s Worker Institute and the National Immigration Law Center to consider the research’s implications for policy and organizing initiatives.  In this way, the Postdoctoral Associate’s role helps bridge the dual goals of the ILR School: to produce world-class academic research in the world of work, and to be a premiere resource for labor education and outreach.

Awardees must have earned a JD and/or PhD within five years of beginning their fellowship.  Research interests and experience in law & society, labor & employment law, labor studies, immigration law or a closely associated field is a must.  Experience in labor organizing and/or immigrant rights advocacy is a plus.

The Postdoctoral Associate will receive supervision and mentorship from Kate Griffith, Jean McKelvey-Alice Grant Professor of Labor-Management Relations and Shannon Gleeson, Edmund Ezra Day Professor of Labor Relations. The faculty will meet with the Postdoctoral Associate on a regular basis.

Salary and Appointment Details

ILR School will provide a postdoctoral associate an annually salary of $70,000 as well as a modest research budget and moving allowance.

Visa support is offered for this position.

Cornell appreciates employees with great rewards & benefits:

Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions and superior retirement contributions.

Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information click here.

To Apply:

Application materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online by May 19, 2023:

Please provide

·         Cover Letter

·         Curriculum Vitae

·         Research statement (optional)

·         Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

·         Two references (actual letters not required, just names and email addresses is sufficient)

Please contact Kate Griffith ( or Shannon Gleeson ( with any questions.

This is an academic, full-time, non-tenure track benefits eligible term opportunity located in Ithaca, NY on the campus of Cornell University.

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
email address
ILR School
Ives Faculty Building
Ithaca, NY 14853