Cornell University

Gene Carroll : Biography

Gene serves as Co-Director of the NYS AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute, a program of the recently formed Worker Institute in Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). Gene joined the ILR School’s New York City-based extension division labor faculty in 1997. He has a near 40-year history as an educator, organizer, advocate, agitator and labor journalist in the labor, peace and social justice movements. Earlier this year, he was conferred a Master of Arts in Labor Studies from the City University of New York (CUNY). After graduating from Lock Haven State College in 1975, Gene served as Executive Director of Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Association of Students (1975-77, Harrisburg, PA); National Campus Coordinator of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union's J.P. Stevens Boycott Campaign (1977-80, New York City); Disarmament Coordinator for the Coalition for a New Foreign and Military Policy (1980-82, Washington, D.C.); National Labor Coordinator and Organizing Director of the Campaign for a US-Soviet Nuclear Weapons Freeze (1982-86, Washington, D.C.); Organizer, writer and press spokesman and strategist for the United Mine Workers of America (1986-1991, Washington, D.C. and Norton, VA); Executive Director of New York Jobs with Justice Health Care Campaign (1991-1997, New York City). Since 2009, Gene continues to serve as an adjunct instructor of Labor History at CUNY's Murphy Labor Institute in the CUNY-CORNELL Certificate in Labor Relations Program. Areas of particular expertise and interest include: leadership development, organization building, contemporary labor and political issues, labor and community organizing (coalition building), labor history, labor economics, recruitment, news media and communication skills and strategy, public speaking, speech writing, health care policy, privatization, and labor and U.S. foreign policy.