Ruth Milkman

Professor, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center


Ruth Milkman is Academic Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. From 2001 through 2008, she served as Director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.  Milkman has written extensively about work and labor organization in the United States.  In addition to many articles, book chapters, opinion pieces, policy reports, and edited volumes, she has published four sole-authored scholarly books: Gender At Work: The Dynamics Of Job Segregation During World War II, which was awarded the 1987 Joan Kelly Prize from the American Historical Association; Japan’s California Factories: Labor Relations And Economic Globalization (1991); Farewell To The Factory: Auto Workers In The Late 20th Century (1997), and L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers And The Future Of The U.S. Labor Movement (2006).  Work in progress includes a study of California’s paid family leave program as well as research on wage theft and other violations of employment law.