M. Thandabantu Iverson

M. Thandabantu Iverson is a veteran social movement and human rights activist who has participated in the Civil Rights, Black Student, Black Power, African Liberation Support, New Left, and Human Rights Movements. Prior to joining the faculty of the Indiana University Labor Studies Department (IU School of Social Work), Thandabantu worked in several occupations within a number of industries, including: health & safety organizer on the international staff of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU); stage hand and decorator with the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE); coal miner within the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA); auto worker within the United Auto Workers (UAW); steel worker with the United Steel Workers of America (USWA); furniture worker; shipyard worker; butcher/cook; elementary and middle-school teacher; and college adjunct instructor. Thandabantu earned his doctorate from the Dept. of Political Science at Clark Atlanta University in 2007. His dissertation, "Serving in the Shadows: African-American Women Healthcare Workers in Gary, IN, 1980-2000, is an intersectional examination of workplace and union conditions and resistance strategies of Black women in Northwest Indiana. Prof. Iverson retired as a Senior Lecture, from Indiana University, in 2014. He currently resides in Denver, CO, and works with Black Lives Matter 5280.