Member of the steering committee
Dr. Akasemi Newsome is Associate Director of the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley (2015), an MA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill (2004) and a BA in History from Columbia University (2001). Her research on the politics of labor, immigration and comparative racialization addresses topics at the forefront of international and comparative political economy, including rights and global governance, institutions, capitalist development and social movements. In addition to 2 co-edited special issues and published articles inthe Journal of European Integration, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, Perspectives on Europe and PS: Political Science and Politics, her book manuscript, The Color of Solidarity examines the conditions for labor union support of immigrant claims-making in Europe. She is also co-editor (with Marianne Riddervold and Jarle Trondahl) of the Handbook on EU Crisis (under contract with Palgrave) and co-organizer (also with M. Riddervold) of a recently launched research project on the governance of the global commons. Her research has been awarded funding from several organizations including the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In 2017, she received an Honorable Mention of the Thomas A. Kochan & Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).