Dr. Jake Wilson, Professor

jake smallEmail: jake.wilson@csulb.edu
Office: PSY-132
Phone: (562) 985-7379

Main Courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology [Soc. 100]
  • Racism, Power, & Inequality [Soc. 436]
  • Modern Sociological Theory [Soc. 357]
  • Environmental Sociology [Soc. 410]

Research Interests:

  • Race, Racism, and Labor; Racialized Divisions in the Working-Class; Logistics and Supply Chains; Labor Movements and Unions; Global Workers’ Struggles; Global Capitalism; E-commerce’s Impact on Work/Labor; Whiteness and Masculinities.

Education:

  • A.A., Mount San Antonio College, 1999
  • B.S. (magna cum laude), Conservation & Resource Studies, UC Berkeley, 2001
  • M.A., Ph.D., Sociology, UC Riverside, 2008

Overview of Research: 

  • Dr. Jake Alimahomed-Wilson’s research explores the ways in which racism and labor exploitation intersect. He is particularly interested in the global logistics industry and the workers who move goods around the world. His current project is examining the impact of e-commerce on work and labor.
  • Currently, he is co-editing (with Ellen Reese) a new book called Amazon Capitalism: Resisting the World’s Most Powerful Corporation. The meteoric rise of this corporation represents a significant shift in the global political economy that we identify as Amazon Capitalism. By naming Amazon capitalism, we are drawing attention to an alarming concentration of corporate power due to the sheer scale and magnitude of Amazon’s agenda-setting influence in the world’s economy. This book provides a rich and interdisciplinary collection of critical essays by scholars, journalists, and labor and community organizers that interrogate the global significance of Amazon’s rise and the growing popular resistance to it across the United States and Europe.
  • In the Fall of 2018, he gave a talk on organizing workers across global supply chains at the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) annual congress in Singapore.
  • During the Spring 2018 semester, he taught courses on “Global Workers” and “Environmental Sociology” to CSU students in London at University College London for CSULB’s London Semester Study Abroad Program.
  • In 2018, he co-edited (with Immanuel Ness) Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain. Book summary: “Global capitalism is a precarious system. Relying on the steady flow of goods across the world, transnational companies such as Wal-Mart and Amazon depend on the work of millions in docks, warehouses and logistics centres to keep their goods moving. This is the global supply chain, and, if the chain is broken, capitalism grinds to a halt. This book looks at case studies across the world to uncover a network of resistance by these workers who, despite their importance, often face vast exploitation and economic violence. Experiencing firsthand wildcat strikes, organised blockades and boycotts, the authors explore a diverse range of case studies, from South China dockworkers to the transformation of the port of Piraeus in Greece, from the Southern California logistics sector, to dock and logistical workers in Chile and unions in Turkey.”
  • Dr. Alimahomed-Wilson is an Affiliated Faculty for CSULB’s Environmental Science and Public Policy and serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Labor and Society and the Journal of Social Justice.

Books:

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Articles, book chapters, & other publications:

Awards:

  • 2015-2016  Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. California State University, Long Beach.
  • 2015 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Mentorship Award. California State University, Long Beach.
  • 2014 Most Inspiring Professor, CSULB Alumni Association. California State University, Long Beach.
  • 2013 Enhancing Education Through Technology (3ET) Award, Flipping the Classroom Stipend. California State University, Long Beach.
  • 2013 Faculty Mentoring Award, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). California State University, Long Beach.
  • 2012 Labor Ignites Featured Scholar. The Dolores Huerta Labor Institute. Los Angeles Community College.