Emmelle Israel

Emmelle Israel

Ph.D. student

Emmelle Israel’s research focuses on the historical and contemporary impact of labor unions and guilds in the media and entertainment industries, labor organizing in tech and digital media workplaces, and cultural representations of work, labor and unions as produced by the media, entertainment and tech industries. Prior to studying at UCLA, she spent several years working as a communications specialist for unions and labor federations in the U.S. In her current studies, she seeks to pursue projects that build upon her past experiences in the labor movement and contribute to the larger body of media industries and production studies scholarship that is increasing visibility and deeper understanding of working conditions and worker activism in the media, entertainment and tech industries.

Research Interests

Media industries, production cultures, digital labor, creative labor


M.A.S., Film and Media Studies, Arizona State University
B.A., Film Studies, Asian American Studies, Sarah Lawrence College