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Chris Tilly

Chris Tilly
Chris Tilly Research Fellow

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Economics and Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


I am a professor of Urban Planning and Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA.  I teach courses on economic development and urban labor markets. In my research, I specialize in labor markets, with interests in inequality, urban and regional development, and public policies and organizing strategies directed toward better jobs. Although much of my research has been focused on the United States, I have also written about workforce and development issues and social movements in Latin America and elsewhere.  In the last decade, I have undertaken new research on jobs in Mexico, as well as international comparative work spanning Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, in addition to the US.   My current research looks at retail jobs and at informal worker organizing, both in a global comparative context.

My books include Half a Job: Bad and Good Part-Time Jobs in a Changing Labor Market (Temple University Press, 1996), Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women's Work, Women's Poverty (with Randy Albelda, South End Press, 1997), Work Under Capitalism (with Charles Tilly, Westview Press, 1998), Stories Employers Tell: Race, Skill, and Hiring in America (with Philip Moss of the CIC, Russell Sage Foundation, 2001), American Cities in Transition: The Changing Face of Urban Inequality (edited with Alice O'Connor and Lawrence Bobo, Russell Sage Foundation, 2001), The Gloves-Off Economy: Labor Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market (edited with Annette Bernhardt, Heather Boushey, and Laura Dresser, Cornell University Press 2008, and Are Bad Jobs Inevitable?  (edited with Chris Warhurst, Francoise Carré, and Patricia Findlay, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).  I have also published numerous articles in English and Spanish, including essays in the Handbook of Economic Sociology, the Elgar Companion to Feminist Economics, the Sourcebook on Labor Markets, Poverty and Social Welfare in America: An Encyclopedia, the Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination, La Nueva Situación del Trabajo en Mexico 2000-2003 (The New Situation of Labor in Mexico 2000-2003), and the Oxford Handbook of Skill, as well as in varied journals.  My home page can be found here.