Mark Anner

Mark Anner

Associate Professor, Labor and Employment Relations

Center Director, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

501F Keller Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0745

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD: Cornell University, Government

Research Interests:

Workers' rights, apparel global supply chains, corporate social responsibility, international labor solidarity


Mark Anner is an Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, and Political Science, and he is the Director of the Center for Global Workers’ Rights. He also directs the School’s Master’s Program in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights, which is a part of the Global Labour University network. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University and a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. Dr. Anner’s current research examines how pricing and other sourcing dynamics in global supply chains affect working conditions and workers’ rights. He has researched and written on international labor solidarity, labor law reform in Latin America, strikes in Vietnam, and corporate social responsibility in the global apparel industry. His field research has taken him to El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. Before beginning his academic career, he lived in Latin America for eleven years where he worked with labor unions and a research center. And he has advised the international solidarity section of the Norwegian Trade Union Confederation.


Awards include:

James G. Scoville International and Comparative Best Paper Award, LERA, 2013.

The Luis Aparicio Emerging Scholar Prize, ILERA, 2012.

The John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award, LERA, 2011.

The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Penn State, 2010.

The Excellence in Honors Teaching Award, SHC, Penn State, 2010.

Recent publications include:

“Harmonious Unions and Rebellious Workers: A Study of Wildcat Strikes in Vietnam.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 69(1): 3-28. 2016. (With Xiangmin Liu.)

“Labor Control Regimes and Worker Resistance in Global Supply Chains.” Labor History, 56(3): 292-307. 2015.

“Social Activism and Practice Diffusion: How Activist Tactics Affect Non-Targeted Organizations.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 60(2): 300-332. 2015. (With Forrest Briscoe and Abhinav Gupta).

“Towards Joint Liability in Global Supply Chains: Addressing the Root Causes of Labor Violations in International Subcontracting Networks.” Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal 35(1): 1-43. 2013. (With Jennifer Bair and Jeremy Blasi.)

“Corporate Social Responsibility and Freedom of Association Rights: The Precarious Quest for Legitimacy and Control in Global Supply Chains” (Politics & Society, 49(4):606-639). 2012. This article received the James G. Scoville International and Comparative Best Paper Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).

Solidarity Transformed: Labor Responses to Globalization and Crisis in Latin America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press.) 2011.