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Jana Silverman

Jana Silverman

Post-Doctoral Scholar for the Center for Global Workers' Rights
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Curriculum Vitae

Jana Silverman


Ph.D. in Labor and Social Economics, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Masters of International Affairs in International Affairs, Columbia University

Research Interests

Unions; political economy; neo-corporativism and labor relations; Latin American labor market institutions; gender, race and labor; domestic work; Brazil

Professional Bio

Jana Silverman holds a Ph.D. in Labor and Development Economics from the State University of Campinas (Brazil) and is currently a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Center for Global Workers Rights at Penn State University.

She has published works in English, Spanish and Portuguese on labor relations, union strategies, and the political economy of Latin American labor market institutions in edited volumes and in academic journals. She also holds a Masters in International Affairs with a Concentration in Human Rights from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from New York University.

She served from 2012-2020 as the Country Programs Director for Brazil and Paraguay of the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and previous to that, worked as a Researcher at the labor-based NGO Escuela Nacional Sindical in Medellin, Colombia and as Coordinator of Campaigns and Communications for the international NGO network Social Watch in Montevideo, Uruguay. She was also the founding President of the national union of Colombian NGO workers and union staffers, SINTRAONG´S, from 2004-2008 and the Vice-Chair of the Solidarity Center Field Staff Association, CWA, from 2016-2020.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Elcabide, Laura Carla Moisa, Silverman, Jana K. and Dias, Maria Pinon Pereira. 2019. Labor and Development in Twenty-First Century Latin America: Two Political Options. Latin American Perspectives, 46 (6): 25-42.

Silverman, Jana K. 2015. Dialogo social en un país periférico? La negociación e implementación de acuerdos laborales sectoriales en Brasil bajo el gobierno del Partido dos Trabalhadores. Leituras de Economia Politica, Vol. 15, No. 2 (23): 30-55.

Silverman, Jana. 2012. Can Green Jobs be Decent Jobs? An Analysis of Labor Policies in the Brazilian Biofuels Sector. In Sustainable growth, development, and labor: Progressive responses at the local, national and global level, eds. Jose Dari Krein, Eugenia Troncoso Leone and Pedro Henrique Evangelista Duarte, 41-60.Campinas, Brasil: Editora Curt Nimuendaju.

Silverman, Jana. 2012. Labour Relations in Uruguay under the Frente Amplio Government. In Labour in the Global South, eds. Sarah Mosoetsa and Michelle Williams, 125-140.Geneva: International Labour Organization.

Silverman, Jana. 2007. ¿Armonización hacia arriba o carrera hacia el fondo? Una mirada al comportamiento laboral de las empresas multinacionales en Colombia. Controversia,  188: 87-116.