Dr. Jake Wilson, Professor

Photo Credit: Sean DuFrene

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

Research Interests:

  • Race, Racism, & Labor; Logistics, Ports, Warehouses & Supply Chains; Racialized Divisions in the Working-Class; Unions; Global Workers’ Struggles; E-commerce’s (Amazon’s) Impact on Work/Labor; The Gig Economy; Automation, Algorithmic Management & the Future of Work; Whiteness, Masculinities & Labor

Main Courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology (Soc. 100)
  • Environmental Sociology (Soc. 410)
  • Long Beach Community Internship Program (LBCIP) (CLA 492)


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


  • 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.
  • Dr. Wilson’s latest 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) is the winner of the 2021 Best Book Award, United Association for Labor Education (UALE). 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.  The Cost of Free Shipping will soon be published in Korean (Mobidic Communications, Seoul) and Italian (Altreconomia, Milan) editions.
  • 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 CSU Dominguez Hills’ Labor Studies Program and serves on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC) Labor Center.
  • During the Spring 2018 semester, Dr. Wilson taught courses on “Global Workers” and “Environmental Sociology” to CSU students in London at University College London.
  • Currently, Dr. Wilson serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Work in the Global Economy and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Justice. In 2022, he co-edited (with Robert Ovetz) a special issue on Workers’ Movements and the Global Supply Chain for New Global Studies.


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Articles, book chapters, & other publications:


  • 2022 FRA-EDI Award Initiative: “Long Beach Community Internship Program: Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” Beth Manke and Jake Wilson. Office of Research and Economic Development, California State University, Long Beach.
  • 2021 Best Book Award, United Association for Labor Education (UALE), The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy
  • 2021 Climate Justice and Sustainability Fellow, California State University, Long Beach.
  • 2020 Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership’s Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Award. CSULB. 
  • 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.