Duane Wright

Duane Wright Portrait

Position Title
Associate Instructor/Teaching Assistant

294 SS&H



  • Work/Labor
  • Education
  • Social Movements



Duane's research focuses on how the structure of unions can help or hinder the facilitation of social movement activity, using two case studies the 2013 Seattle MAP test "boycott" and the 2019-2020 University of California COLA wildcat strike that started at Santa Cruz.


2013, M.A. Sociology, University of California Davis

2009, B.A. Sociology with a minor in Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston


Academic Work Experience:

As an Associate Instructor

  • Soc 1 Intro to Sociology
  • Soc 3 Social Problems
  • Soc 11 Labor and Employment
  • Soc 139 Corporations and Society
  • Soc 185 Social Policy


As a Teaching Assistant:

  • Soc 1 Intro to Sociology
  • Soc 2 Self and Society
  • Soc 3 Social Problems
  • Soc 11 Labor and Employment
  • Soc 25 Pop Culture
  • Soc 46a Methods of Social Research


Professional Work Experience:

  • Chair - Davis Unit of UC Student Workers Union UAW 2865 (April 2012 - April 2014)
  • Instructor for Smart Start Extended Day, Brockton Community Schools, Brockton, MA. (August 2009 – August 2011)
  • Substitute Teacher, Brockton Public Schools, Brockton MA (April 2003 - December 2005; September 2006 - July 2011)
  • Teaching Assistant, Brockton Community Schools, Brockton, MA. (December 2005 – June 2009)
  • Special Education Paraprofessional, Brockton Public Schools, Brockton, MA. (January 2006 – June 2006)


Scholarly Publications:

Wright, Duane (2009) "The Latino Immigrant Labor Experience as Depicted in Film," Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Vol. 7: Iss. 1, Article 11.



Other Publications:

Bank of America and UC tuition hikes

Response to Katehi's "Economic Impacts of UC Davis" article

Economics lesson in DJUSD gone wrong

UC Davis students and Walmart associates occupy Bank of America

Academic workers support Davis teachers


In the News:

Graduate Student Instructors: More than TAs

Students Protest Recent Tuition Hike

UC Davis rejects alt-right hate

UC Davis students and workers protest to fire Chancellor

Academic Workers call on Napolitano and UC Regents to fire Davis chancellor Linda Katehi

UC Davis TAs break down reasons behind strikes

Long Tradition of Strikes, Protests Characterizes UC Davis

Rename Gallagher Hall Campaign

Occupy Movement Settles in at UC Davis

As class sizes increase teaching jobs are lost

UCD rejects union's call to rename Gallagher Hall