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Jianxuan Lei

PhD Student
Work & Organizations


  • M.A. 2021
    Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • B.B.A. 2019
    Business Administration, Renmin University of China


  • Industrial Relations
  • Labor Unions
  • Comparative Political Economy of Work
  • Inclusion and Equality within the Labor Movement


Jianxuan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Work and Organizations at the Carlson School of Management. He studies industrial relations, with a particular focus on (1) trade unions in different institutional contexts and (2) issues around inclusion and equality within the labor movement. He is interested in applying both critical theory and econometric analysis in his research. Before joining the Ph.D. program, Jianxuan earned his bachelor's degree from Renmin University of China and M.A. in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Working Papers
    Lei, Jianxuan. "Contested solidarity: Trade union membership and immigration attitudes in Europe." Status: Writing the manuscript.
  • Working Papers
    Lei, Jianxuan. "Trade union membership and women's right to work: From gender antagonism to inclusive solidarity?" Status: Under review.
  • Working Papers
    Lei, Jianxuan. "The importance of legal strength for trade unions: Theories and evidence from China." Status: Manuscript accepted.
  • Honors and Awards

    2022, Labor and Employment Relations Associations (LERA) Best Student Paper Award

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