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 at the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on worker voice within the workplace as well as worker organizing and movement-building within the broader society, confronting specifically workers' social identities and systemic inequality.

She received her PhD in the Department of Comparative and International Labor at the School of Industrial Relations at Cornell University in 2013.

She has published in leading scholarly journals such as the ILR Review, Industrial Relations, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Socio-Economic Review, Work Employment, and Society, the Journal of Industrial Relations, and 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" as well as the 2022 LERA Research Volume “A Racial Reckoning in Industrial Relations: Storytelling as Revolution from Within”. 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) to recognize ‘outstanding academic contributions to research’ (2019) as well as Luis Aparicio Prize for ‘academic excellence’ at the International Labor and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) in 2021. She is currently a member of the Executive Board and Program Committee of LERA.


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