Lola Loustaunau

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor



Headshot photo of Lola Loustaunau

BA in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires, MS and PhD in Sociology from University of Oregon. As a researcher, teacher and activist, Dr. Loustaunau has led multiple research projects focusing on job quality, public policy, and collective organizing. Her work has been published in Labor Studies Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Sociological Perspectives. She has also been a Vice President at Large at the American Federation of Teachers-Oregon, Vice President of Political Education at the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, among other leadership positions in the labor movement. Her current research focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 on migrant workers in food processing, and their experiences of resistance and collective action.

Applied research

‘The Hands that Feed Us: endemic precarity and pandemic resistance among migrant food processing workers’ – This project is based on qualitative interviews with food processing workers and labor and community organizers discussing the working conditions in the industry, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and following different processes of resistance and collective organizing.

‘Hidden Precarity: ‘Self-employed’ Family Child Care Providers Experiences of Unstable Scheduling, Hours, and Income’ -This project uses qualitative interviews to analyze the experiences and working conditions of home-based childcare providers in Oregon.

Selected publications