Brendan Lui

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20212022 Forum on Migration

Brendan Lui

Political Science; Minor in Environmental Studies

CAS, 2022

Brendan Lui is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in environmental studies. He is a Wolf Humanities Undergraduate Fellow and an undergraduate grant recipient with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy. His research explores variation in construction sector trade union behavior towards migrant workers in rich democracies. On campus, Brendan is a coordinator with Fossil Free Penn and the co-founder and co-director of Penn's Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter. He also volunteers with the Philadelphia chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).

Kept Down and Locked Out: Comparing the Exclusion of Racial and Ethnic Minority Migrant Workers in the Skilled Construction Sectors of Denmark, Italy, and the United States

This study attempts to identify the similarities and differences in the social, economic, and institutional barriers preventing racial and ethnic minority migrant workers from gaining proportional representation in the skilled construction sectors of Denmark, Italy, and the United States. I will compare and contrast the exclusion of racial and ethnic minority migrant workers in the regulated construction sectors of Denmark and Philadelphia, as well as the lack of upward job mobility for these workers in the unregulated construction sectors of Italy and New York City. I will further address the theoretical implications of inter-racial and inter-ethnic job competition in the construction industry, examining how tensions between migrant and native-born workers, between racial and ethnic majorities and minorities, can hinder building intra-class solidarity within the industry.