Dorian T. Warren, Columbia University

The Politics of Labor Policy and the Future of the American Labor Movement

Wed, 10/17/2012
By invitation only
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to the first dinner in this year's series, Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers, where our guests will be Professor Dorian T. Warren, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and Paul Frymer, Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton, to discuss "The Politics of Labor Policy and the Future of the American Labor Movement."

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at

Professor Warren writes: "The politics of labor policy is one of the most contentious policy areas in American political development. At the same time, the US labor movement is known for its "exceptional" weakness relative to other rich democracies. This program will discuss the history of unions in the United States, the relationship between economic inequality and union strength/decline, and the contentious politics of labor law reform and implementation."   {C}

Dorian T. Warren is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Warren specializes in the study of inequality and American politics. His research and teaching interests include labor organizing and politics, race and ethnic politics, urban politics and policy, American political development, community organizing, social movements, and social science methodology. 

Paul Frymer teaches and writes on topics in American law and politics, particularly as they intersect with issues of democratic representation, race and civil rights, and labor and employment. He is a former LAPA fellow (2004-2005), as well as Acting Director (2009-2010). He is the author of two books: Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (reissued in 2010 with an afterward on President Obama's election) and Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party (2008), both of which were published by Princeton University Press. He has also either authored or is currently writing about topics ranging from legal understandings of political parties to the racial politics of Hurricane Katrina and affirmative action to the role of law and politics in the historical development of American territorial expansion.