Dr. Jake Wilson, Professor
Phone: (562) 985-7379
- Introduction to Sociology [Soc. 100]
- Racism, Power, & Inequality [Soc. 436]
- Modern Sociological Theory [Soc. 357]
- Environmental Sociology [Soc. 410]
- 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.
- 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.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake and Immanuel Ness. 2018. Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain. London, UK: Pluto Press.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake. 2016. Solidarity Forever? Race, Gender, and Unionism in the Ports of Southern California. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Edna Bonacich and Jake B. Wilson. 2008. Getting the Goods: Ports, Labor, and the Logistics Revolution. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Articles, book chapters, & other publications:
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake. 2019. “Unfree Shipping: The Racialisation of Logistics Labour.” Work Organization, Labour, & Globalisation, 13(1): 96-13. (WOLG Special Issue: Logistical Gazes – Spaces, Labour, & Struggles in Global Capitalism)
- Bonacich, Edna, Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson, and Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. Forthcoming (2019). “The Racialization of Global Labor.” In Race and Ethnicity: Moving From the Sociological Imagination to Sociological Mindfulness, edited by Jacqueline Brooks, Heidy Sarabia, and Aya Ida. San Diego: Cognella Academic Publishing.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake, Katy Fox-Hodess, and Kim Moody (interview by Chris Browne). 2018. “Seizing the Chokepoints.” Jacobin Magazine.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake and Spencer Louis Potiker. 2017. “The Logistics of Occupation: Israel’s Colonial Suppression of Palestine’s Goods Movement Infrastructure.” Journal of Labor and Society, (20)4: 427-447.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake and Spencer Louis Potiker. 2018. “Decolonising Logistics: Palestinian Truckers on the Occupied Supply Chain.” Choke Points: Logistic Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake and Dana Williams. 2016. “State Violence, Social Control, and Resistance.” Journal of Social Justice, 6(1): 1-15.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake. 2013. “Logistics Revolution (in shipping).” SAGE Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, edited by Vicki Smith and Geoffrey Golson.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake. 2012. “Black Longshoremen and the Fight for Equality in an ‘Anti-Racist’ Union.” Race & Class, 53(4): 39-53.
- Bonacich, Edna and Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. 2012. “Headway for African American Workers in South Los Angeles.” In Post-Ghetto: Reimagining South Los Angeles, edited by Josh Sides. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Alimahomed-Wilson, Jake. 2011. “Men Along the Shore: Working-Class Masculinities in Crisis.” Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies, 6(1): 22-44.
- Bonacich, Edna and Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. 2011. “Confronting Racism, Capitalism, and Ecological Degradation: Urban Farming and the Struggle for Social Justice in Black Los Angeles.” Souls, 13(2): 213-226.
- Alimahomed, Sabrina and Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. 2009. “Protest as Embodied State Practices: An Examination of Hegemonic and Counter-Hegemonic Protest Tactics.” Perspectives on Anarchist Theory.
- Bonacich, Edna, Sabrina Alimahomed, and Jake B. Wilson. 2008. “The Racialization of Global Labor.” American Behavioral Scientist, 52 (3): 342-355.
- Wilson, Jake B. 2008. “The Racialized Picket Line: White Workers and Racism in the Southern California Supermarket Strike.” Critical Sociology, 34 (3): 349-367.
- Bonacich, Edna and Jake B. Wilson. 2005. “Hoisted by its Own Petard: Organizing Wal-Mart’s Logistics Workers.” New Labor Forum, 14 (Summer): 67-75.
- Bonacich, Edna and Jake Wilson. 2005. “Global Production and Distribution: Wal-Mart’s Global Logistics Empire.” In Wal-Mart World, edited by Stanley D. Brunn. Pp. 227-242. New York: Routledge.
- 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.