Michelle Kaminski

Michelle  Kaminski
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs
  • PhD, University of Michigan, Organizational Psychology
  • M.A., University of Michigan, Organizational Psychology
  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, Psychology and Economics
  • South Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Lane, Room S413
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 432-0933



Labor law, collective bargaining, steward training, communication skills, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the union role in team concept workplaces, and basic economic history. Research focus is on teams, workplace health and safety, and women in organizations.


Michelle Kaminski is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She works primarily in the area of labor education, teaching workshops for union members and leaders on a wide range of topics including labor law, stewards training, collective bargaining, union leadership, workplace bullying, communication skills, FMLA, and basic economics.

Professor Kaminski received the 2010 Wurf Fellowship from the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School for her work on gender and union leadership. She was editor of the Labor Studies Journal, the top academic journal in labor education. Previously, she was a bargaining unit chair with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Local 35, now part of CWA. She also served as University Vice President (program chair) of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE).