Shannon Marie Gleeson
Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Sociology & Demography)
Curriculum Vitae

Merrill Faculty Services
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
sgleeson (at) ucsc (dot) edu
831-459-3451 (phone)
831-459-3125 (fax)

Office Hours for Spring 2014
(by appointment)

Research Interests

immigration   ~   social stratification   ~   labor   ~  civic engagement   ~  law & society


Spring 2014
       (not teaching)



       Gleeson, Shannon. 2012. Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston.  Ithaca:  Cornell University Press.

       Park, John SW and Shannon Gleeson. (Eds.). 2014. The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants. University of California Center for New Racial Studies. New York: Routledge.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2014. "Means to An End: An Assessment of the Status-blind Approach to Protecting Undocumented Worker Rights" Sociological Perspectives. (Online First)

       de Graauw, Els, Shannon Gleeson, and Irene Bloemraad. 2013. “Funding Immigrant Organizations: Suburban Free Riding and Local Civic Presence" American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 119:1.  (75-130).

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2013. “Shifting Agendas, Evolving Coalitions: Immigrant Worker Rights in Houston” WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor & Society.  Vol. 16:2 (207-226).

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2012. “Leveraging Health Capital at the Workplace: An Examination of Health Reporting Behavior among Latino Immigrant Restaurant Workers in the United States” Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 75:12 (2291-2298).

       Gleeson, Shannon and Irene Bloemraad. 2012. “Assessing the Scope of Immigrant Organizations: Official Undercounts and Actual Underrepresentation” Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Vol. 42:2 (344-368). 

       Gleeson, Shannon, and Roberto G. Gonzales.  2012. “When Do Papers Matter? An Institutional Analysis of Undocumented Life in the United States.” International Migration, Vol. 50:4 (1-19).

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2010. “Labor Rights for All? The Role of Undocumented Immigrant Status for Worker Claims-Making” Law & Social Inquiry, Vol. 35:3 (561-602).

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2010. “Re-Conceptualizing the Economic Integration of Immigrants: A Comparison of the Mexican and Vietnamese.” Latino Studies, Vol. 8:1 (69-92).

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2009. “From Rights to Claims: The Role of Civil Society in Making Rights Real for Vulnerable Workers.” Law & Society Review. Vol. 43:3 (669-700).

       Paret, Marcel, and Shannon Gleeson. 2006. “International Migration in Macro-Stratification Perspective: Bringing Power Back In.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology. Vol. 50: Power (120-146).

Book Chapters

    Gleeson, Shannon. (Forthcoming, 2014). “Activism and Advocacy” in Lois Lorentzen (ed.), Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. Praeger.

    Gleeson, Shannon. 2014. “Navigating Occupational Health Rights: The Function of Illegality, Language, and Class Inequality in Workers’ Compensation.” in John SW Park and Shannon Gleeson. (eds.) The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants. University of California Center for New Racial Studies. New York: Routledge

    Gleeson, Shannon. 2013. “Unauthorized Immigration to the United States,” p.1539-1552 in Immigrants in America: Arrivals, Adaptation and Integration.  Edited by Elliott Barkan, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

      Bloemraad, Irene and Shannon Gleeson. 2012. “Making the Case for Organizational Presence: Civic Inclusion, Access to Resources, And Formal Community Organizations” in Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City. Edited by Michael Peter Smith and Michael McQuarrie. Comparative Urban and Community Research, Volume 10. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.

      Gleeson, Shannon. 2008. “Organizing for Latino Immigrant Rights in Two U.S. Cities: The Case of San Jose and Houston,” p. 107-133 in Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations and Political Engagement. Edited by S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Irene Bloemraad. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press.

Book Reviews 

      Gleeson, Shannon.  2013. “Review of McKay, Sonia, Eugenia Markova, and Anna Paraskevopoulou 2001. Undocumented Workers' Transitions: Legal Status, Migration, and Work in Europe.  (New York: Routledge, 2011)” Ethnic and Racial Studies.

      Gleeson, Shannon. 2012. “Review of: Sarathy, Brinda.  Pineros: Latino Labour and the Changing Face of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest. (Vancouver, Toronto: UBC Press, 2012)” Human Ecology. 40:5 (807-809).

      Gleeson, Shannon. 2012. “Review of: Apostolidis, Paul. Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2010)" Contemporary Sociology 41:1 (61-63).

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2011. “Review of: Norris, Jim. North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 2009)” Journal of American Ethnic History. 30:4 (103-105).

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2009. “Review of: Telles, Edward E. and Vilma Ortiz. Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008)” City and Community.  8:2 (197-199).

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2008, “Review of: Jiménez, Francisco, Alma M. García, and Richard A. Garcia. Ethnic Community Builders: Mexican Americans in Search of Justice and Power, The Struggle for Citizenship Rights in San José, California (Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2007)” Contemporary Sociology 37:5 (472-473).

Other Publications

       de Graauw, Els, Shannon Gleeson, and Irene Bloemraad.  2013.  "Helping the Growing Ranks of Poor Immigrants Living in America's Suburbs."  Scholars Strategy Network Key Findings

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2013. "Undocumented Workers" in Sociology of Work, edited by Vicki Smith. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference.

       Abrego, Leisy and Shannon Gleeson. 2013. “Immigration Policies Hurt Immigrant Families More Than They Help” Working Paper in Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century, edited by Tony Payan and Erika de la Garza, Rice University Baker Institute's Latin America Initiative Immigration Research Project

       Gleeson, Shannon. 2011. “Day Laborers”, “Worker Centers”, “Immigrants and Unions, in Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Kathleen Arnold. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

      Nichols, Laura, Shannon Gleeson, and Sandra Figueroa. 2004. “Moving Beyond the Client Role: Helping Human Service Organizations Identify Program Participant’s Assets. Social Insight 8: 34-36.

Selected Works in Progress

      Gleeson, Shannon. Navigating the Bureaucracy, Searching for Justice: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States (book manuscript in progress)

       Gleeson, Shannon.“ 'They Come Here to Work' :  An Evaluation of the Economic Argument in Favor of Immigrant Rights" (journal article under review)

       Gleeson, Shannon. "Brokering Immigrant Worker Rights: An Examination of Local Immigration Control, Administrative Capacity, and Civil Society" (journal article under review)

      Gleeson, Shannon. "At-Will Workers Seeking Justice, Defunded Labor Standards Enforcement, and the Many Faces of Employer Retaliation" (journal article in preparation for WorkingUSA special issue, edited by M. Anne Visser and Héctor Cordero-Guzmán)

       Gleeson, Shannon. “Between Support and Shame: The Impacts of Workplace Violations for Immigrant Families” (invited book chapter in preparation for Research in the Sociology of Work: Immigration and Work, edited by Jody Agius Vallejo)

       Bada, Xóchitl and Shannon Gleeson (equal authorship). “Transnational Labor Advocacy: Civil Society and Consular Reponses to the Rights of Mexican Immigrant Workers” (journal article in preparation)

       Bloemraad, Irene and Shannon Gleeson (equal authorship). “Civic Stratification and Immigrant Integration: Organizational Inequalities in Silicon Valley” (journal article in preparation)

     de Graauw and Shannon Gleeson (equal authorship). “Context, Coalitions, and Organizing: Labor Rights Advocacy in San Francisco and Houston” (book chapter in preparation for The City Is the Factory: Social Movements in the Age of Neoliberal Urbanism, edited by Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis)


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