Cornell University

Maria Lorena Cook : Biography

Maria Lorena Cook is a Professor in the Department of International and Comparative Labor and in the Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History at the ILR School. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written on Mexican trade unions and politics, labor law reform in Latin America, trade and labor rights, regional integration and transnational social movements in North America, and pro-migrant advocacy movements.

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).

Professor Cook's current research focuses on comparative advocacy movements around unauthorized migration, labor unions and left governments in Latin America, and the impact of authoritarian legacies on labor politics in new democracies.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on labor movements and industrial relations in Latin America, Mexican politics, labor and trade in the Americas, and international migration. She is the ILR faculty advisor for the undergraduate minors in International Relations and Latin American Studies, and she supervises graduate students in the fields of Government, Industrial and Labor Relations, International Development, Latin American Studies, and Public Affairs.

During 2010-13 Professor Cook is participating in the Institute for Social Science's theme project on Immigration: Settlement, Integration, and Membership. In Spring 2013 she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego.