Dr. Jake Wilson, Professor

jake smallEmail: jake.wilson@csulb.edu
Office: PSY-132
Phone: (562) 985-7379
Pronouns: he/him/his

Main Courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology (Soc. 100)
  • Modern Sociological Theory (Soc. 357)
  • Environmental Sociology (Soc. 410)

Research Interests:

  • Race, Racism, and Labor; Racialized-Gendered Divisions in the Working-Class; Logistics and Supply Chains; Transnational Labor Movements and Unions; Global Workers’ Struggles; Global Capitalism; E-commerce’s Impact on Work/Labor; The Gig Economy; Surveillance of Workers; Automation, Technology, and the Future of Work; Whiteness, Gender, Masculinities and Work.


  • 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 that 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 research examines the impact of e-commerce (i.e. Amazon) on work and labor.
  • Currently, he is co-editing (with Ellen Reese) a new book, The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy. This book provides a rich and interdisciplinary collection of critical essays by scholars, labor and community organizers that interrogate the global significance of Amazon’s rise and the growing popular resistance to it around the world. The Cost of Free Shipping, published by Pluto Press will be released in the Fall of 2020.
  • Jake currently serves on the Executive Board (Full Professor Representative) for the California Faculty Association (Long Beach Chapter) and serves on the Advisory Committee of CSUDH’s Labor Studies Program. He also serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Labor and Society and the Journal of Social Justice.
  • 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.


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Articles, book chapters, & other publications:


  • 2015-2016  Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. California State University, Long Beach.
  • 2015, 2019 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.