Warren

Dorian T. Warren

Affiliations
President, Center for Community Change Action (CCCA); Vice-President, Center for Community Change (CCC); and Fellow, Roosevelt Institute
Areas of Expertise:
  • Social Movements
  • Inequality & the Middle Class
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Jobs & Workers
  • Unions & the Labor Movement

About Dorian

Warren specializes in the study of inequality and American politics. His research includes labor union organizing and politics, race and ethnic politics, urban politics and economic development, globalization and workers’ rights, American political development, community organizing and social movements, economic elites’ political influence, and social science methodology. Warren taught at University of Chicago and  Columbia University for over a decade, and has worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, UNITE-HERE, Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union, Steelworkers, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, and Jobs with Justice, among others. He currently serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center, Center for Community Change, the Model Alliance and the Discount Foundation. In addition, he has also testified before government entities including the Chicago and New York City Councils, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Briefs

Podcast

Publications

"Will the Real Perestroikniks Please Stand Up?" in Perestroika!: The Raucous Rebellion in Political Science, edited by Kristen Renwick Monroe (Yale University Press, 2005), 218-230.

Examines relationship between Perestroika movement and the study of race and ethnicity within the political science discipline. 

"Rewriting the Racial Rules: Building an Inclusive American Economy," (with Andrea Flynn, Felicia Wong, and Susan Holmberg), Roosevelt Institute, June 6, 2016.

Argues that, in order to  understand racial and economic inequality among black Americans, we must acknowledge the racial rules that undergird our economy and society. Those rules--laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices--are the driving force behind hte patently unequal life chances and opportunities for too many individuals. Examines the racial rules across six different dimensions: income, wealth, education, criminal justice, health, and democratic participation. 

"Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All," The Putting Families First Campaign, March 31, 2015.

Provides a blueprint for how a strong government can combat economic inequality by creating more and better jobs, increasing wages, and dismantling structural gender and racial biases in the workplace.

"Expanding Opportunity For Middle Class Jobs in New York City: Minority Youth Employment in the Building and Construction Trades," (with Ester R. Fuchs and Kimberly Bayer), Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, February 28, 2014.

Examines the Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills Pre-Apprenticeship Program as an example of an innovative, successful workforce development model that has succeeded in placing minority youth in middle-class careers in the construction industry in New York City.

"Race, Gender, and the Rebirth of Trade Unionism" (with Kate Bronfenbrenner). New Labor Forum 16, no. 3 (2007): 142-148.

Makes the case that solidarity can, and must, be built among an ever-diversifying labor movement, nation, and world - the labor movement's very survival depends on it.

Race & American Political Development (edited with Joe Lowndes and Julie Novkov) (Routledge, 2008).

Collects essays that study the politics of race historically, institutionally, and discursively, and resituates race in American politics as an issue for sustained and broadened critical attention.

"The Politics and Practice of Economic Justice: Community Benefits Agreements as Tactic of the New Accountable Development Movement" (with Virginia Parks). Journal of Community Practice 17, no. 1 (2009): 1-19.

Elucidates key employment-related features of Community Benefits Agreements (legally binding agreements between a private developer and a coalition of community-based organizations in which community members pledge support for a development in return for benefits such as living wage jobs, local hiring, and affordable housing), and argues that the strongest Community Benefits Agreements result from organizing campaigns which utilize a range of political tactics including the dissensus organizing power of labor-community coalitions.

"The American Labor Movement in the Age of Obama: The Challenges and Opportunities of a Racialized Political Economy" Perspectives on Politics 8, no. 3 (2010): 847-860.

Argues that it is impossible to understand the current political situation confronting the Obama administration without an account of the underlying sources of labor weakness in the U.S.

"The Unsurprising Failure of Labor Law Reform and the Turn to Administrative Action" in Reaching For A New Deal: Ambitious Governance, Economic Meltdown, and Polarized Politics in Obama’s First Two Years, edited by Theda Skocpol and Lawrence R. Jacobs (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011), 191-229.

Discusses the failure of labor reform in the early Obama administration, and highlights said failures' political effects.

"The Empirical Case for Streamlining the NLRB Certification Process: The Role of Date of Unfair Labor Practice Occurrence," (with Kate Bronfenbrenner), Columbia University, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, May 31, 2011.

Shows that despite the National Labor Relations Board's continued advocacy for reducing the time period between the filing of a petition to form a union and union certification elections, there have been virtually no elections in the first 20 days after a petition is filed, while in the past two years there has been a slight increase in the number of elections held within 21 to 30 days of the petition. The study demonstrates the relationship between the petition date, election date and when the most serious employer opposition and intimidation occurs and concludes that the NLRB should streamline the certification process to reduce the number of days between petition and election.

In the News

"How to Truly Eradicate Poverty," Dorian T. Warren, The Nation, May 1, 2015.
" The Other ‘Political Revolution’ Growing in Washington," Dorian T. Warren, The Nation, June 28, 2016.
"Two Terrible Ideas, on Their Way to History's Dustbin," Dorian T. Warren (with Felicia Wong), The Nation, August 26, 2016.
"How Much Will Black Lives Matter In Trump’s America?," Dorian T. Warren, Interview with Aubry Kaplan, The Huffington Post, December 1, 2016.
Dorian T. Warren quoted on putting jobs at the center of the presidential political agenda in Sean McElwee, "Republican Presidents Flunk the Economy: 11 Reasons Why America Does Worse under the GOP" Salon, May 4, 2015.
Host of and regular contributorDorian T. Warren to MSNBC's Nerding Out.
Guest to discuss media attacks on Hillary Clinton over foreign donations to her family Foundation on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Dorian T. Warren, April 21, 2015.
Guest to discuss police practices on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Dorian T. Warren, December 3, 2014.
Guest to discuss consumer confidence on MSNBC, Dorian T. Warren, November 30, 2014.
Guest to discuss the electorate and voter turnout on MSNBC All In, Dorian T. Warren, November 5, 2014.
Dorian T. Warren's research on labor politics and unions' push to broaden their membership discussed in Kevin Bogardus. Dorian T. Warren, "Union Cheif Calls for a 'Reawakening'," The Hill, September 9, 2013.
Dorian T. Warren quoted on labor politics (and the possibility of Senator Elizabeth Warren running for higher office), "Amid Presidential Murmurs, Warren to Address AFL-CIO" The Hill, September 8, 2013.
Dorian T. Warren's research on increasing wealth disparity in America discussed in Paul Sullivan. Dorian T. Warren, "Scrutinizing the Elite, Whether They Like It or Not," New York Times, October 15, 2010.
"Occupy Wall Street: A 21st Century Populist Movement?," Dorian T. Warren (with Joe Lowndes), Dissent Magazine, October 21, 2011.
"What NBA Stars and Occupy Wall Street Have in Common," Dorian T. Warren (with Paul Frymer), Washington Post, October 28, 2011.
"Gap between Rich and Poor Widen," Dorian T. Warren, Interview with Lawrence O’Donnell, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, October 26, 2011.
"America’s Last Hope: A Strong Labor Movement," Dorian T. Warren, Salon, February 19, 2012.