Tingting Zhang

Assistant Professor

School of Labor and Employment Relations

233 LER Building, 504 E. Armory Ave., Champaign, IL 61820


PhD, Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto, 2017
MA, Economics, University of Toronto, Canada
BA, Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada
BSc, Computer Science, Shandong University, China

Research Interests

My research interest focuses on both industrial and employment relations.  Within industrial relations, I focus on the role of social media communication in labor movements and union renewal.  I am also working on how labor unions respond to workplace changes in the context of the future of work. In employment relations and human resource management, I am interested in various training and development mechanisms both within and outside organizations, such as occupational regulation and the emergence of non-degree credentials, shape individuals’ career outcomes, especially marginalized groups such as women and immigrants.

Professional Credential


Selected Publications

Frangi, L., & Zhang, T. (2021). Global union federations on affiliates’ websites: Forces shaping unions’ global organisational identity. British Journal of Industrial Relations. doi:10.1111/bjir.12631.

Zhang, T., & Banerjee, R. (2021). Bridges or Barriers? The Relationship between Immigrants’ Early Labor Market Adversities and Long-term Earnings. International Migration Review, 01979183211000286.

Frangi, L., Zhang, T., & Banerjee, R. (2021). Constructing Inequalities: Tenure Trajectories of Immigrant Workers and Union Strategies in the Milan Construction Sector. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 59(2), 474-502.

Zhang, T., & Gunderson, M. (2020). Impact of Occupational Licensing on Wages and Wage Inequality: Canadian Evidence 1998–2018. Journal of Labor Research, 41(4), 338-351.

Frangi, L., Zhang, T., & Hebdon, R. (2020). Tweeting and retweeting for fight for $15: Unions as dinosaur opinion leaders?. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 58(2), 301-335.

Barry, M., Gomez, R., Kaufman, B. E., Wilkinson, A., & Zhang, T. (2020). Is it ‘you’ or ‘your workplace’? Predictors of job‐related training in the Anglo‐American world. International Journal of Training and Development, 24(3), 173-203.

Zhang, T. (2019). Effects of occupational licensing and unions on labour market earnings in Canada. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(4), 791-817.


LER 564 HR Training and Development
LER 567 Negotiation in HR Decisions

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