Dr. Jake Wilson, Professor

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

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 (Amazon’s) Impact on Work/Labor; The Gig Economy; Surveillance of Workers; Automation, Technology, and the Future of Work; Whiteness, Gender, Masculinities and Work.

Main Courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology (Soc. 100)
  • Modern Sociological Theory (Soc. 357)
  • Environmental Sociology (Soc. 410)
  • Labor & Social Justice Internships (CLA 492)

Education:

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

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.
  • His newest co-edited (with Ellen Reese) book, The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy, was released in 2020 by Pluto Press (Wildcat Series). This book provides a rich and interdisciplinary collection of critical essays by scholars, activists, and labor and community organizers that interrogates the global significance of Amazon’s rise and the growing popular resistance to it around the world.  See reviews of The Cost of Free Shipping here.
    • Overview of The Cost of Free Shipping – Amazon is the most powerful corporation on the planet and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, has become the richest person in world history. Its dominance has reshaped consumer expectations and the global economy itself: we live in the age of ‘Amazon Capitalism’. ‘One-click’ instant consumerism and the immense variety of available products have made Amazon a worldwide household name, with over 60% of US households subscribing to Amazon Prime. In turn, these subscribers are thoroughly surveilled by the corporation as they turn over their private information to Amazon’s databases. Going beyond e-commerce, Amazon is also one of the largest logistics companies in the world, changing the way goods are manufactured and distributed, resulting in weakened unions and lowered labor standards. More recently, Amazon has also become the world’s largest provider of cloud-computing services and home surveillance systems, not to mention the ubiquitous Alexa. With a wide variety of cutting-edge analyses, this book looks at the many dark facets of the corporation, including automation, surveillance, tech work, racism, workers’ struggles, algorithmic challenges, the disruption of local democracy and much more. The Cost of Free Shipping shows how Amazon represents a fundamental shift in global capitalism that we should name, interrogate and be primed to resist.
  • Dr. Wilson 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.
  • During the Spring 2018 semester, he taught courses on “Global Workers” and “Environmental Sociology” to CSU students in London at University College London. He serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Labor and Society and the Journal of Social Justice.

Books:

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Awards:

  • 2020 Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership’s Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Award 
  • 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.