March 18, 2022

Experts on Warehouses, Amazon, and Labor

Author: UCR News
March 18, 2022

Experts on Warehouses, Amazon, and Labor

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Ellen Reese

Ellen Reese, professor of sociology  
Professor of sociology and chair of Labor Studies at UCR, Reese’s research focuses on gender, race, and class, welfare state development, social movements, poverty, and work. She has published extensively on warehouse and labor economies within the Inland Empire and Southern California specifically. In Reese’s co-edited chapter for “Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain,” she writes, “‘Work hard, make history,’ Amazon tells its employees in an effort to make the company appear attractive and innovative. Yet for many of its warehouse workers, like those toiling for other companies, working conditions are terrible. Nevertheless, warehouse workers are making history through their innovative and courageous acts of resistance.”


Juliann Emmons Allison, associate professor of gender & sexuality studies 
Allison is an associate professor of gender & sexuality studies at UCR. Her research examines the sustainability of Southern California’s warehousing industry, gender and transitions to renewable energy sources, the ethics and politics of access to rock-climbing venues, and ecological grief and resilience. She has published on income inequality in the Inland Expire with a particular focus on warehousing. 


Alfonso Gonzales Toribio, professor of ethnic studies 
Raised in Mira Loma in a family of warehouse workers, Toribio is the director of the Latino and Latin American Studies Research Center and a political scientist with an interest in the political economy of the Inland Empire, Latino labor, migration, and the human and environmental impacts of the logistics industry on the region. Alfonso speaks Spanish.


Kelley Barsanti, assistant professor of engineering
Barsanti’s research focuses on the development of mechanistic models for the prediction of atmospheric particulate matter, or aerosols. She can speak to air pollution in the Inland Empire, including related to its warehouse industry. Utilizing various tools, her research monitors transformations of organic compounds as they change from gaseous emissions to particle constituents. Barsanti’s current research works on biomass burning and developing models of new particle formation.  


Matthew Barth, professor of engineering  
Barth is a professor of engineering and director of the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology at UCR. Barth is directing a large study of air pollution around warehouses: Barth's study includes the impact on local transportation routes of warehouses in the Inland Empire.


Cathy Gudis, associate professor of history 
Gudis is an associate professor of history at UCR, with research focused on the history of Southern California and its people. Gudis is a historian-in-residence at Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Skid Row History Museum & Archives, where she has helped enhance archival and public humanities projects and funding. She has interviewed labor organizers and warehouse workers, including from Amazon, regarding social and cultural impacts.