Dr. Jake Wilson, Professor

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

Research Interests:

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

Main Courses:

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

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 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.  
  • 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.


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Articles, book chapters, & other publications:


  • 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.