Stephanie Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr)
Professor Stephanie Luce is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage and Labor Movements: Global Perspectives. Her areas of interest include low wage work, globalization and labor-community coalitions; she serves as graduate center faculty and is also a PSC-CUNY/AFT member.
As more local governments pass living wage ordinances, national reform may now seem possible. In this book by an authority on living wage campaigns and campaigns for wage growth, an extensive examination is given of these efforts by an acclaimed expert on these efforts.
Early Life and Education
Stephanie Luce is an associate professor of labor studies and sociology at the Murphy Institute, School for Professional Studies/CUNY, as well as a member of PSC-CUNY Faculty Staff Union. Her primary areas of research are low wage work, globalization and labor community coalitions; Fighting for a Living Wage was published under her name as well as Labor Movements: Global Perspectives.
In her book, she examines the first decade of living wage laws enacted across communities large and small – more than 100 in total have been enacted so far – showing just how difficult it can be to win and implement such policies.
She makes it clear in her work that fighting for a living wage is both moral and political imperative, which must be pursued until success has been attained. Through her writing she has given this movement much-needed impetus and provided new context for understanding its successes and failures.
Professor of Labor Studies and Sociology at City University of New York Graduate Center. Her expertise covers living wage campaigns and movements, globalization and labor standards as well as labor-community coalitions; this has resulted in several publications such as Fighting for a Living Wage and Labor Movements: Global Perspectives.
Recently, Luce has grown increasingly concerned over the number of jobs leaving the United States for China due to warming Washington-Beijing trade relations. She has published papers and commented online and via podcasts such as Jon Weiner’s Reinventing Solidarity; UMass professor Deepak Bhargava, coauthor of their Cornell-University of Massachusetts study also commented on its findings for CNNfn.
Achievement and Honors
Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays Kevin Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), an all-star high school student and athlete compared by his classmates to President Obama (albeit in a negative light). Peter and Amy serve as his upper middle class adoptive parents and his scholarship money, speaking engagements, and accolades begin rolling in.
Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), however, takes issue with his writing about Frantz Fanon – an African nationalist who advocates violent overthrow of colonialism. This causes tensions to flare between them.
The film explores an ethical issue surrounding how authority figures treat minors. Luce appears dangerous and manipulative to his peers, yet is also an intriguing character with many hidden layers.
Professor Luce earned her BA at University of California Davis and both her MA and PhD in sociology from University of Wisconsin Madison. As a member of PSC-CUNY faculty staff union she studies low wage work, globalization and labor community coalitions – among them Fighting for a Living Wage and Labor Movements: Global Perspectives.
The film unfolds like a theatrical performance, with every character acting out their role with predetermined precision reminiscent of stage actors. Even seemingly minor characters become symbolic – for instance when Rosemary (Marsha Stephanie Blake) experiences an out-of-character psychotic breakdown at school in which she arrives naked for class while students watch on. This scene points towards one of the major themes running through this tale: that trauma may have left Luce vulnerable to violent impulses that could manifest later.
She is an exceptional singer and has appeared in various shows. Additionally, she is an established actress. When auditioning for Nouvelle Star (French Idol Series), she sang Rita Mitsouko’s Andy for the judges – receiving yeses from three. As such, she earned a place among France’s illustrious list of famous people born there.
She shares an excellent relationship with Dan Hagood, a Dallas criminal defense attorney. They recently co-founded their own firm after leaving Sorrels Hagood behind. Additionally, she’s very active in charity work. Overall she is an extraordinary individual with an exciting future ahead of them both.