Janice Fine holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Political Science and is Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, where she teaches and writes about low wage immigrant labor in the U.S., historical and contemporary debates regarding federal immigration policy, dilemmas of labor standards enforcement and innovative union and community organizing strategies.
Fine is faculty coordinator of the Program on Immigration and Democracy at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, where she is a principal investigator of the Rutgers Immigrant Infrastructure Map (RIIM), a cross-disciplinary, applied research project that studies the role of immigrant organizations and immigrant infrastructures in New Jersey and the consequences of variation across place for immigrant integration. She is also a member of the graduate faculty in Political Science as well as the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers.
Fine’s ground-breaking book, Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream, was released in January of 2006 by Cornell University Press and the Economic Policy Institute. Recent articles include “Immigration and the Transformation of American Unionism” ( with Brian Burgoon, Wade Jacoby and Daniel J. Tichenor) in International Migration Review, “When the Rubber Hit the High Road: Labor and Community Complexities in the Greening of the Garden State” in Labor Studies Journal, “Strengthening Labor Standards Enforcement through Partnerships with Workers Organizations” (with Jennifer Gordon) in Politics&Society, “A Movement Wrestling: American Labor’s Enduring Struggle with Immigration 1866-2007” in Studies in American Political Development (with Daniel J. Tichenor) and “Why Labor Needs a Plan B” in New Labor Forum. Fine has also written for the Boston Globe, the New Jersey Star Ledger, the Nation, and the Boston Review. She has been a guest commentator on All Things Considered, and appeared on the Lou Dobbs Show.
In 2008, Fine was appointed by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to the state Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immigrant Policy, where she helped formulate recommendations on a range of issues, including strategies to strengthen labor standards enforcement as well as establishing a Commission on New Americans. Prior to coming to Rutgers in 2005, Fine worked as a community, labor, and electoral organizer for more than 25 years.