Dorian T. Warren, Columbia University and Paul Frymer, Princeton

Poverty, Labor and Race in America

Mon, 12/02/2013
6:00 PM
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guests will be Dorian T. Warren, Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at  Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and Paul Frymer, Associate Professor of Politics and Acting Director of LAPA.

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

Professor Warren writes: "Inequality and poverty are increasingly the defining challenges facing Americans in a New Gilded Age. This talk will focus first on current patterns of poverty, wage stagnation, declining economic mobility and insecurity, and durable racial inequality in the United States. Second, we will discuss current efforts to address these challenges by labor unions, political organizations and policymakers." 

Dorian T. Warren is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Warren specializes in the study of inequality and American politics. His research and teaching interests include labor organizing & politics, race and ethnic politics, urban politics and policy, American political development, community organizing, public policy, and social science methodology. At Columbia, Warren is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and coordinates the Center for Urban Research & Policy Seminar Series. 
A native Chicagoan, Warren received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He has been a Post-Doctoral Scholar and Visiting Faculty at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and has received research fellowships from the Ford Foundation, CUNY, the University of Notre Dame and the Russell Sage Foundation. He has also worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, American Rights at Work, AFL-CIO, UNITE-HERE, SEIU, UFCW, Steelworkers, NGLTF Policy Institute, and Jobs with Justice. He currently serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center, Center for Community Change, and Columbia Law School’s Center for Social and Institutional Change.

Paul Frymer is the author of Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party. He has taught courses and lectured on labor policy in the U.S.