About Our Contributors

David Bacon is a freelance writer on labor and immigration issues, and an award-winning documentary photographer. He can be reached at dbacon@igc.org.

Ben Becker is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He can be reached at bbecker@gc.cuny.edu.

Josh Bivens is an economist at the Economic Policy Institute. He is the author of Everybody Wins Except for Most of Us: What Economics Teaches About Globalization and Failure by Design: The Story Behind America’s Broken Economy. He can be reached at lbivens@epi.org.

James M. Cypher is a Research Professor in the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (Mexico). He is the co-author of Mexico’s Economic Dilemma (2010) and The Process of Economic Development (2009), and the author of State and Capital in Mexico (1990). He can be reached at jamesc@csufresno.edu.

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College. His books include The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City, Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century, and Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together. His next book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, will be published by Nation Books in early 2012. He can be reached at dreier@oxy.edu.

Steve Early was active in union reform movements with the Mine Workers, Steelworkers, and Teamsters in the 1970s. He later served on the national staff of the Communications Workers of America for nearly three decades and is the author, most recently, of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor (2011). He can be reached at lsupport@aol.com.

Ken Estey is an assistant political science professor and the coordinator for the Studies in Religion Program at Brooklyn College. Author of A New Protestant Labor Ethic at Work, his research focus is on the intersection of labor and religion, particularly Protestant evangelicals in the United States. He can be reached at kestey@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

B.H. Fairchild is an award-winning American poet and a former college professor. His most recent book is Usher (2009), and his poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Southern Review, and Poetry.

Liza Featherstone is a contributing writer at the Nation and her writing on labor issues has appeared in Slate, Salon, Newsday, the New York Times, and many other publications. She is the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart and the co-author of Students Against Sweatshops. She teaches in the Union Semester program at the Murphy Institute and in NYU’s journalism school, and can be reached at lfeather@panix.com.

Janice Fine is Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University where she teaches and writes about low-wage immigrant labor in the U.S., historical and contemporary debates regarding federal immigration policy, labor standards enforcement, and innovative union and community organizing strategies. She can be reached at fine@work.rutgers.edu.

Steve Fraser is a historian, an editor, and a writer working on a book comparing America’s two gilded ages. He can be reached at fraser927@aol.com.

Joshua B. Freeman teaches history at Queens College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Murphy Institute. He is currently writing a history of the United States since World War II, and can be reached at JFreeman@gc.cuny.edu.

Paul Garver co-edits and writes on international and domestic labor issues for the Talking Union blog. He was an organizer and staff representative for SEIU Local 585 in Pittsburgh, after which he worked (at the global level) for the International Union of Food Workers (IUF). He can be reached at paul.garver@verizon.net.

Harmony Goldberg is currently a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where her research focuses on the work of Domestic Workers United in New York City. She is an editor of the online strategy journal, Organizing Upgrade (www.organizingupgrade.com), and she can be reached at harmonygoldberg@gmail.com.

Major Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont, poetry editor of the Harvard Review, and the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company (2010); Hoops (2006); and Leaving Saturn (2002), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Hoops was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literature-Poetry.

Randy Jackson is the national coordinator for the Inter-Alliance Dialogue (IAD), a national consortium that brings together Jobs with Justice, the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Pushback Network, and the Right to the City Alliance. He can be reached at randyj.iad@gmail.com.

Stephen Lerner is the architect of the SEIU’s Justice for Janitors Campaign, serves on the SEIU’s executive board, and is a senior advisor to SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. He can be reached at stephenklerner@gmail.com.

Robert Pollin is a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He can be reached at pollin@econs.umass.edu.

Michael Schwartz is the Chair of Sociology and Founding Director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at SUNY-Stony Brook. His most recent book, War Without End, is a politicaleconomic analysis of the origins and impact of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. He can be reached at mschwartz@ms.cc.sunysb.edu.

Jeff Thompson is Assistant Research Professor at the Political Economy Research Institute. His research has been published in Research in Labor Economics, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, State Tax Notes, and the National Tax Journal, which awarded him the 2010 Musgrave Prize for the best article published that year. He can be reached at jthompson@peri.umass.edu.

Matt Witt is the director of the American Labor Education Center and coordinates TheWorkSite. org, a website that provides educational tools for more effective communications and grassroots organizing. He can be reached at mwitt@amlabor.org.