Dr. Scipes taught Qualitative Research Methods at Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam during Summer 2017. (See article in Northwest Indiana Times.) He will return to teach in Summer 2018.
Dr. Kim Scipes is an Associate Professor of Sociology and has taught on the Westville Campus of Purdue University Northwest since 2004. He specializes in labor, both domestically and around the world. He teaches a range of interesting courses, taking a global approach and from a macrosociological perspective. Dr. Scipes has been engaged professionally at the global, national and local levels. He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps, serving from 1969-73, and fortunately staying in the United States during his time in the Marines; he became consciously political and “turned around” while on active duty.
Dr. Scipes has published three books to date, two monographs and an edited collection:
- KMU: Building Genuine Trade Unionism in the Philippines, 1980-1994. Quezon City, Philippines: New Day Publishers, 1996. This is the first and only nation-wide study of the Kilusang Mayo Uno Labor Center of the Philippines, one of the most developed and dynamic labor movements in the world. Dr. Scipes traveled to the country six times between 1986-1994 and produced this monograph, but returned in both 2015 and 2016 to do additional research with plans to update his book.
- AFL-CIO’s Secret War against Developing Country Workers: Solidarity or Sabotage? Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010 hardback, 2011 paperback. This is a critical study of the foreign policy program of the AFL-CIO, focusing on its development under Samuel Gompers and continuing until 2007. Dr. Scipes argues that labor’s foreign policy–which he describes as “labor imperialism”–comes from within the labor movement and not from outside sources, such as the CIA, the US Government, or the State Department, as other critics have alleged. Besides a general historical overview, Dr. Scipes provides case studies of AFL-CIO operations in Chile in the early 1970s, the Philippines in the late 1980s, and in Venezuela in conjunction with the 2002 coup attempt.
- Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2016 (www.haymarketbooks.org). This is a collection of articles edited by Dr. Scipes that covers a range of issues involved with building solidarity across national borders. Has excellent articles by David Bacon, Bruno Dobrusin, Jenny Jungehuelsing, Katherine Nastovski, Timothy Ryan, Kim Scipes and Michael Zweig.
Dr. Scipes is currently updating his 2003 Ph.D. dissertation–Trade Union Development and Racial Oppression in Chicago’s Steel and Meatpacking Industries, 1933-1955–for publication. He completed his dissertation as part of his sociological training at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Scipes has published widely and around the world. He has published nine peer-reviewed articles, as well as over 200 articles and book reviews for specialty and activist publications in the US and around the world. (See publications.)
Bringing his experiences and training into the classroom, Dr. Scipes provides challenging and rigorous courses for his students. He was awarded the “Outstanding Teaching Award’ for full-time instructors in the College of Liberal Arts at PNC in 2006-07.