Maria L. Cook (United States)

January 2016 - August 2016

Maria Lorena Cook teaches in the International & Comparative Labor Department of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has centered on labor and politics in Latin America, and her books include The Politics of Labor Reform in Latin America: Between Flexibility and Rights (2007) ;Organizing Dissent: Unions, the State, and the Democratic Teachers’ Movement in Mexico (1996) ; The Politics of Economic Restructuring: State-Society Relations and Regime Change in Mexico (1994, co-editor); and Regional Integration and Industrial Relations in North America (1994, co-editor).
Cook's latest research looks at global migration movements and the role of migrant rights advocacy groups in shaping public debates over unauthorized migration. Her research draws on cases located in three world regions: the U.S.-Mexico border, southern Spain, and Australia, where the focus is on asylum seeker rights groups.