Dorian Warren

Dorian Warren is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute whose research interests include labor, race, urban politics & policy, inequality in the U.S., American political development, Ethnography, and Wal-Mart.


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.
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His publications include:
·      2010. “The Unsurprising Failure of Labor Law Reform and the Turn to Administrative Action”. Russell Sage Foundation Project, Reaching for a New Deal: President Obama’s Agenda and the Dynamics of U.S. Politics.
·      2010. “The American Labor Movement in the Age of Obama: The Challenges and Opportunities of a Racialized Political Economy.” Perspectives on Politics. v. 8, no. 8: 847-860.
·      2009. “The Politics and Practice of Economic Justice: Community Benefits Agreements As Tactic of the New Accountable Development Movement.” Journal of Community Practice. v. 17, no. 1-2, 1-19. with Virginia Parks.
·      2008. Race and American Political Development. Editor, with Joe Lowndes and Julie Novkov. New York: Routledge.
·      2007. “Race, Gender, and the Rebirth of Trade Unionism.” New Labor Forum. v. 16, no. 3: 142-148. with Kate Bronfenbrenner.
·      2006. “New Orleans Is Not the Exception: Re-politicizing the Study of Racial Inequality.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. v. 3, no. 1, Spring. with Paul Frymer and Dara Z. Strolovitch.
·      2005. “Wal-Mart Surrounded: Community Alliances & Labor Politics in Chicago.” New Labor Forum. v. 14, no. 3: 8-15.
·      2000. “Organizing at the Intersection of Labor and Civil Rights: A Case Study of New Haven.” With Cathy J. Cohen. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law. vol. 2, no. 4, Spring: 629-655.