Maite Tapia

Maite  Tapia
  • Associate Professor
  • PhD, Cornell University, School of Industrial Relations
  • M.A., Cornell University, School of Industrial Relations
  • M.A., University of Parma (Italy), Department of Economy, Political Science, and Law (cum laude)
  • B.A., University of Ghent (Belgium), great distinction in Law
  • South Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Lane, Room S410
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 353-3896



Comparative employment relations, social movements, migration and labor, and intersectionality.


Maite Tapia is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her PhD in the Department of Comparative and International Labor at the School of Industrial Relations at Cornell University in 2013.

Professor Tapia is "half" Belgian and "half" Spanish, and worked for two years as a labor researcher at the Labor Institute in Bologna, Italy. Because of her mixed background and her time spent in Italy, issues going beyond the scope of the nation-state and cross-national comparisons are of particular interest to her.

Her research interests revolve around civil society organizations and collective representation, comparative labor and social movements in the US and Europe, as well as work, migration, and intersectionality. She has published in leading scholarly journals such as Industrial Relations, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Socio-Economic Review, Work Employment, and Society, the Journal of Industrial Relations, as well as the International Journal of Human Resource Management. In addition, she is the co-editor and co-author of a 2014 Cornell University ILR Press book "Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism."  Her research has been funded by the Hans Boeckler Foundation. Professor Tapia received the John T. Dunlop award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).  

She currently teaches international human resource management at the graduate level and voice and democracy at work at the undergraduate level.