Emily SchkeryantzGraduate Studentshe/her/hers

My research intends to explore the relationship between meaningful & decent work and safe & healthy communities, particularly in the development of effective coalition building between labor unions and community-based organizations in the pursuit of social change and justice. Using concepts such as bargaining for the common good and union democracy, I intend to center workplaces as sites of civic and community engagement.

I received my master’s degree in conflict resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2016, where I also participated in the Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders at FLACSO Ecuador. In 2012 I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a BA in Psychology, International Relations, and French.

Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I worked as an organizer with the United Auto Workers. I currently serve on the board of trustees of the Cambridge Women’s Center and as the co-chair of the Immigrant Justice Interest Group with the Society for Community Research and Action.

Awards and Recognition

  • Academic Excellent in Conflict Resolution, 2016
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  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research


  • MS, Conflict Resolution, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • BA, Psychology, International Relations, and French, University of Southern Indiana