DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
In 2002 Bob Bussel joined the UO faculty as director of LERC. His current teaching interests include leadership development, internal organizing and mobilization, organizing, labor history, immigration, and communications.
Before entering the university-level labor education field, Bussel worked for the labor movement: ten years for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (now UNITE-HERE) and a year as a union representative for an SEIU health care local in Massachusetts. Prior to coming to LERC, he taught in the labor education program at Penn State University for seven years.
Bussel holds a masters degree in labor education from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. His first book, From Harvard to the Ranks of Labor: Powers Hapgood and the American Working Class, was published in 1999.
Bussel has published numerous articles on labor history and contemporary labor issues. His next book will cover the history of a St. Louis Teamsters union local that became a model for progressive unionism in the post World War II period. Bussel has also written a history of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and coedited a report on the immigrant experience in Oregon in conjunction with other University of Oregon scholars.
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