Surveillance, Monitoring, and Data Gathering in Contemporary Employment
Juliann Allison PhD
Director of Global Studies Program; Associate Professor
University of California, Riverside
Juliann Emmons Allison is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Faculty Chair of Sustainability, and Director of Global Studies at the University of California-Riverside. Allison’s current research examines the sustainability of Southern California’s warehousing industry, gender and transitions to renewable energy sources, and ecological grief. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Alpine Club, the California Energy Commission, the California Department of Transportation, the Energy Foundation and the Haynes Foundation. Recent work appears in The Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics, ed. by Kathleen J. Hancock and Juliann Emmons Allison, The Cost of Free Shipping, ed. by Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Ellen Reese, Energy Research and Social Science, the Journal of Labor and Society, and the Journal of Poverty.
Cristina Banks PhD
Associate Director, California Labor Lab
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, a global research center at the University of California, Berkeley whose purpose is to gather together all known science across disciplines regarding employee health and well-being and to translate findings into a new organizational template for healthy workplaces. In collaboration with Dr. Sheldon Zedeck, Dr. Banks leads a team of 30 researchers spanning multiple disciplines and 20+ affiliates in collecting and integrating known scientific findings and creating new research programs to advance our knowledge in this area. Dr. Banks is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business where she has taught Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management for 30 years.
Kristen Harknett PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Kristen Harknett, PhD, is a Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Kristen co-directs The Shift Project, a large-scale survey and research study of low-wage workers in the service sector, which maps the connections between schedule instability and other working conditions and worker health and wellbeing. Drawing on her research, she has provided invited testimony to inform federal, state, and local policymaking around fair workweek regulations, including the Federal Schedules That Work Act, and legislation in California, Washington State, Chicago, Philadelphia, and other localities. Her research also includes examinations of access to paid sick leave in service sector workplaces, gender and racial/ethnic inequalities in working conditions, and the use of technology and surveillance in the service sector.
Robert Harrison MD, MPH
Public Health Medical Officer; Clinical Professor
California Department of Public Health; University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Harrison is a Public Health Medical Officer with the California Department of Public Health Occupational Health Branch and Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He established the UCSF Occupational Health Services where he has diagnosed and treated thousands of work and environmental injuries and illnesses. He has designed and implemented numerous medical monitoring programs for workplace exposures, and has consulted widely with employers, health care professionals, and labor organizations on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses. Dr. Harrison has led many work and environmental investigations of disease outbreaks. He has served as a technical and scientific consultant to Federal OSHA and CDC/NIOSH, and was a member of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. His research interests include the collection and analyses of California and national data on the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses. Dr. Harrison has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 40 book chapters/contributed articles/letters to the editor. He is the co-editor of the most recent edition of the textbook Occupational and Environmental Medicine (McGraw-Hill Education, New York, NY, 2021).
Tasha Joshua MS, CHES
Health & Wellbeing Leader
Tasha Joshua is the Health and Wellbeing Leader for IKEA North America Services, LLC where she oversees the national health and wellbeing approach for US co-workers. Tasha has over 10 years of experience in workplace wellbeing and partnering with large employers of various industries to design and implement data driven wellbeing solutions for employees, retirees, and their families. Tasha is passionate about creating workplace cultures that promote safe environments for co-workers to practice healthy behaviors, have access to vital benefits and resources, and attain psychological safety. To achieve this, she believes that a holistic approach is necessary and that key functions must work cooperatively to achieve a healthy workplace and culture. Tasha is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Master of Science in Health Studies and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health.
Lisa Kresge MS
Lead Researcher, Technology and Work Program
UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center)
Lisa Kresge is a Lead Researcher in the Technology and Work Program at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center), where she studies the intersection of technological change, precarious work, and social inequity. Her recent research focuses on data collection and data-driven technologies in the workplace as well as union collective bargaining strategies in response to technological change. Prior to joining the UC Berkeley Labor Center, Lisa conducted research on farmworker health, housing, and working conditions at the California Institute for Rural Studies. She has a multidisciplinary background in the social sciences, including a dual undergraduate degree in anthropology and sociology and a master’s degree in community development from UC Davis. When she is not pursuing intellectual curiosities at work or plotting strategies toward building a socially just and equitable society, Lisa can be found kayaking or sailing in the San Francisco Bay.
Karen Levy PhD, JD
Associate Professor
Cornell University
Karen Levy is an associate professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University and associated faculty at Cornell Law School. Her research focuses on social, legal, and ethical impacts of data-intensive technologies. Levy's book, Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance, investigates how digital technologies have upended the work lives of long-haul truckers in the United States. Levy is a New America Fellow and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; she holds a JD from Indiana University and a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University.
Kathleen Mosier PhD
Founder and Principal Scientist
TeamScape LLC
Dr. Kathleen Mosier is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology from San Francisco State University and the Founder and Principal Scientist of TeamScape LLC, a company for research on human and human-automation teams. She is the immediate Past President of the International Ergonomics Association and Past President of the US Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Mosier led an international team of expert human factors professionals in a collaboration with the International Labour Organization, resulting in the joint publication of "Principles and Guidelines for Human Factors/Ergonomics Design and Management of Work Systems." Dr. Mosier is a NASA-funded investigator, has conducted aerospace research on expert teams, automation, and decision making for over 30 years. She and Dr. Linda Skitka introduced the term 'automation bias' to describe errors from using automation as a heuristic replacement for vigilant decision processes. Current projects with collaborator Dr. Ute Fischer focus on evaluating the effectiveness of new communications technology for long duration space operations.
Wilneida Negrón PhD
Director of Research and Policy
Wilneida Negrón is the Director of Research and Policy at Coworker where she leads participatory research and investigations with workers and advocates to examine the changing nature of the workplace. Her work on emerging technology touching on the labor process led to the first comprehensive database of employment technologies that is being used by workers, government, advocates, academics, and journalists to understand emerging trends and design organizing, policy, regulatory, and storytelling strategies. She has a PhD in Comparative Politics, with a specialization in social and political implications of emerging technologies in East Asia and Latin America, a Masters in Public Administration, and an M.Phil. in International and Global Affairs. She is a lifelong fellow for Data & Society Research Institute and the Atlantic Fellows Program for Racial Equity.
Christopher D. Nye PhD
Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology
Michigan State University
Dr. Christopher D. Nye is an Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology at Michigan State University. His research is focused on three primary areas including employee selection and assessment, quantitative research methods, and the influence of individual differences in the workplace. Recently, his research in these areas has also focused on the use of new technologies for employee assessment, selection, and recruitment. He has published 50 scholarly articles and 11 books or book chapters and received over $1,000,000 in research funding from a combination of both federal funding agencies (National Science Foundation) and private organizations. He has also received several awards including the Early Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Management (AOM) Research Method Division (2018), the Innovations in Assessment Award from the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) (2020), and the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) (2015). In addition, he has held several research fellowships including serving as a Consortium Research Fellow for the Defense Manpower Data Center and a Senior Consortium Research Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute. He is currently serving as the Class of 1967 Leadership Research Fellow at the U.S. Naval Academy. In addition to his research, Dr. Nye is the Editor of the International Journal of Testing, an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, and serves on the editorial boards of six journals. He is also the current chair of the Task Force on AI-Based Assessments for SIOP.
Alex Padilla U.S. Senator for California
Senator Alex Padilla, a progressive problemsolver, is the first Latino elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate. The son of immigrants, Padilla grew up in the San Fernando Valley and studied Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was drawn to politics in response to California’s antiimmigra nt Proposition 187. Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1999 and the State Senate in 2006. As California’s Secretary of State, he oversaw a historic expansion of voting rights and voter participation. United States Senator, Padilla ha As s taken action to cut costs for families, combat the climate crisis, currenlty and help thousands of Californians secure millions of dollars owed to them by federal agencies. Padilla serves as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, C itizenship, and Border Safety. He is a member of the Senate Committees on Budget; Environment and Public Works; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Judiciary; and Rules. Padilla lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Angela, and their thre e sons, Roman, Alex and Diego.
Ellen Reese PhD
Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies
University of California, Riverside
Ellen Reese is Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is also faculty co-director of UCR’s new Inland Empire Labor & Community Center, established in 2023. Her research focuses on labor, gender, race, and class inequality, social movements, and public policy. She is co-editor (with Jake Alimahomed-Wilson) of The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy (2020, Pluto Press), which won the 2020-2021 Best Book Award Related to Labor Education from the United Association of Labor Educators. She is co-author (with Juliann Emmons Allison) of Unsustainable: Amazon, Warehousing, and the Politics of Exploitation (a book that is in press with the University of California Press, with an expected publication date of August 2023).
Victor Rubin MCP, PhD
Victor Rubin is a researcher, educator, and administrator with experience in a wide range of fields in social policy, public health, and urban planning. He has enjoyed a hybrid career with the common thread of the application of new knowledge to pressing issues in public policy. He has served as a university-based researcher and adjunct faculty member at UC Berkeley, vice president of research at PolicyLink, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing racial and economic equity, a federal grant-making official, and an evaluator and consultant in many settings. The work has taken him to more than 60 communities and provided first-hand understanding of local, state and national policy-making processes in a range of fields. He has written scholarly books and articles and been an editor and reviewer for academic journals, and also produced a wide array of materials aimed principally at practitioners in community development, urban planning, public health and other professions.
Lee S. Newman MD, MA, FCCP, FACOEM
Director, Center for Health, Work & Environment
Colorado School of Public Health and School of Medicine, University of Colorado
Lee S. Newman, MD, MA is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Colorado, where he works in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is the founding director of both the Center for Health, Work & Environment, which is one of 10 CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded Total Worker Health Centers of Excellence, and of the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center, which is one of the 18 NIOSH Education and Research Centers. Dr. Newman is internationally recognized as both an occupational health and safety educator and for his scientific and practical contributions to Total Worker Health, occupational lung disease prevention and treatment, the epidemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown cause, and solutions directed at mitigating the effects of climate on worker health and safety. He has authored more than 230 scientific papers and over 100 books, chapters, and monographs. He is a founder and Co-PI of the National Supplemental Screening Program in partnership with Oak Ridge Associated Universities. As one of the U.S. Department of Energy Former Worker Programs, the NSSSP has provided more than 25,000 occupational health surveillance exams for former DOE-site workers across the U.S. since 2005.
Matthew Scherer J.D.
Senior Policy Counsel for Workers' Rights and Technology
Center for Democracy & Technology
Matt Scherer is Senior Policy Counsel for Workers' Rights and Technology Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology. His work focuses on the use of AI in hiring and other employment decisions, workplace privacy and surveillance, and helping workers use data and technology to empower themselves. He previously completed three judicial clerkships before going into private practice, where he oversaw employment data analytics projects and advised employers on the use of AI-powered tools in hiring and other employment decisions. He wrote the 2021 report "Warning: Bossware May Be Hazardous to Your Health" and was lead author of the Civil Rights Standards for 21st Century Employment Selection Procedures, which was published in December and endorsed by a broad coalition of civil rights organizations.
Stefano Schiavon PhD
Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Stefano Schiavon, PhD, is a Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. Stefano’s research is focused on finding ways to reduce energy consumption in buildings while improving occupant health, well-being and performance.
Daniel Schneider PhD
Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Daniel Schneider is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Professor Schneider’s research focuses on precarious work, social demography, and inequality. As Co-Director of the Shift Project, he has co-led the creation of a novel dataset tracking the working experiences of service-sector workers. His work examines racial/ethnic and gender inequalities in job quality, the effects of precarious work on the economic security and wellbeing of workers and their families, and the effects of labor standards on working conditions. Professor Schneider holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University and a BA from Brown University. Prior to joining HKS, he was a faculty member in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Tim Shadix J.D.
Legal Director
Warehouse Worker Resource Center
Tim Shadix is Legal Director at the Warehouse Worker Resource Center, where he leads the organization's direct legal services and provides strategic counsel on policy and organizing campaigns. Tim has spent more than a decade working on labor rights and economic justice as a legislative advocate, researcher, and attorney. He was previously a staff attorney with Worksafe, and began his legal career in the Honors Attorney Program of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor.
Mitch Steiger
Legislative Advocate
California Labor Federation
Mitch Steiger is a Legislative Advocate for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The California Labor Federation, representing over 1,200 affiliated unions and 2.1 million union members, fights to defend the wages, benefits and working conditions of all Californians. The Labor Federation is especially focused on protecting and expanding the right to organize, not just to benefit workers directly represented, but also to further the interests of working people and their families for the betterment of all communities. Mr. Steiger represents workers on a variety of statewide boards and commissions and is a member of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521.
Laura Stock MPH
Labor Occupational Health Program
Laura Stock is the director of the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP). She directs and administers LOHP’s programs providing training, research support, materials development and technical assistance for workers, employers, health professionals, and the general public. She also provide direction to staff on translating research findings to practice and to public policy (R2P2P). In her over thirty years at LOHP, she has developed various training programs and educational materials on occupational safety and health issues and have provided technical assistance and consultation to workers, unions, joint labor/management committees, employers, policymakers and others on how to set up comprehensive and effective health and safety programs. Ms. Stock is currently principle investigator on a number of statewide worker education initiatives including WOSHTEP (Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program), and is a member of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board, charged with developing occupational safety regulations for the state of CA as well as the NIOSH/ NORA Committees on Healthy Work Design.
Julia Ticona PhD
Assistant Professor
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Julia Ticona is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, and Sociology (by courtesy), where her research investigates the ways that digital communication technologies shape the meaning and dignity of precarious work. She uses qualitative methods to examine the role of mobile phones, labor platforms, and data-intensive management systems in the construction of identity and inequality for low-wage workers. She also collaborated on an amicus brief on behalf of Data & Society for Carpenter vs. U.S. before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her book, Left to Our Own Devices: Coping with Insecure Work in a Digital Age (2022) examines the “digital hustles” of high and low-status freelancers in the gig economy. She was a Distinguished Inaugural Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Collaborative Communication, Core Faculty of the Center on Digital Culture and Society, a Faculty Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute, and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the Society of Fellows, and her B.A. from Wellesley College.
Tracy Vargas PhD
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Tracy Vargas earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University in 2018 and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. As an ethnographer, her research interests focus on the sociology of work, low-wage labor, poverty, and class.
Edward Yelin PhD
Edward A Dickson Emeritus Professor; Director, California Labor Laboratory
University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Yelin is the Principal Investigator of the California Labor Laboratory, a NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health. He has been researching the relationship of employment to health for four decades, with a focus on the relationship of severe chronic disease, particularly autoimmune disease on employment. He has also written extensively on how changes in employment affect the work of those with chronic diseases, at the micro level on how social and physical demands of work interact with severe impairment and at the macro level on how the transformation from the manufacturing to services economy affects the chronically ill. Dr. Yelin is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a winner of multiple awards from the American College of Rheumatology, including the Distinguished Scholar Award. He is currently the Edward A Dickson Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at UCSF.