Research Associate
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Dr. McKerley manages the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (ILHOP), a forty-year-old oral history collaboration between the Labor Center, the Iowa labor movement, and the State Historical Society of Iowa. Recent partners include the UI Libraries and the Iowa Labor History Society. In 2015, McKerley served as the center's lead on a project funded by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to document the occupational folklife of recent immigrants and refugees working in Midwestern meatpacking. This project produced over twenty life history interviews with people from Mexico, Guatemala, Morocco, Liberia, Togo, the Congo, and Burma/Myanmar. These interviews included information regarding workplace injuries and community and public health. As part of the Research Group, McKerley continues to conduct interviews with immigrant and refugee workers and advises group members on oral history methodologies.