Ellen Reese
Ellen Reese


Office: 1217 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-2930
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: ellen.reese@ucr.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Ellen Reese is Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies at the University of California, Riverside.  Her research focuses on gender, race, and class, welfare state development, social movements, and poverty and work.  She is author of They Say Cutback; We Say Fightback! Welfare Activism in an Era of Retrenchment (2011, American Sociological Association’s Rose Series) and Backlash Against Welfare Mothers: Past and Present (2005, University of California Press). She is also co-author of The World Social Forums and the Challenges of Global Democracy (2007, Paradigm Publishers) and co-editor of The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women’s Poverty (2007, Paradigm Publishers) and A Handbook of World Social Forum Activism (2012, Paradigm Publishers).


De Lara, Juan, Ellen Reese, and Jason Struna. 2016. “Organizing Temporary, Subcontracted, and Immigrant Workers: Lessons from Change to Win’s Warehouse Worker United Campaign.” Labor Studies 41(4): 309-332.

Allison, Juliann, Mila Huston, Hali Pinedo, and Ellen Reese. 2016. “Barriers to Latino Warehouse Workers Health Care: Survey Results from Inland Southern California and Policy Implications.”Journal of Poverty. 1-22. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10875549.2016.1204645

Reese, Ellen, Ian Breckenridge-Jackson, and Julisa McCoy. 2017. “Maternalism and Community Politics,” in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, edited by Holly McCammon, Lee Ann Banaszak, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger.  New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reese, Ellen and Jason Struna. 2018. “‘Work Hard, Make History’: Oppression and Resistance in Inland Southern California ’s Warehouse and Distribution Industry” in Choke Points: Logistics Workers and Solidarity Movements Disrupting the Global Capitalist Supply Chain, edited by Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Emmanuel Ness. London and Chicago: Pluto Press (distributed by the University of Chicago Press).

Ellen Reese, Logan Marg, and Julisa McCoy. 2018.“United States,” in Handbook on Gender and Social Policy, edited by Sheila Shaver. Cheltenham Glos and Camberley Surrey, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.


Director, Economic Mobility Group, Center for Social Innovation, UC-Riverside

Vice President-Elect, Pacific Sociological Association

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