Jacob M. Grumbach
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
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Grumbach’s current research looks at how groups like businesses and labor unions are able to influence policy at different levels of government – local, state, and national. His other interests include race and social class in American government, economic policy, and the politics of climate change. During high school and college, Grumbach worked as a busboy and restaurant host, and later interned with the hotel and restaurant workers union UNITE-HERE! Local 2. Grumbach was also active in the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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Guest to discuss There's Been a Massive Change in Where American Policy Gets Made on The Ezra Klein Show/The New York Times, Jacob M. Grumbach, December 6, 2022.
"The NBA Strike Is a Big Moment for Athlete Activism — And the Labor Movement in America," Jacob M. Grumbach, Vox, September 4, 2020.
"An Excitingly Simple Solution to Youth Turnout, for the Primaries and Beyond," Jacob M. Grumbach (with ), Opinion, The New York Times, June 26, 2019.
Jacob M. Grumbach quoted on the paths that members of the House of Representatives took to Congress by Sahil Chinoy and Jessia Ma, "How Every Member Got to Congress" The New York Times, January 26, 2019.
Jacob M. Grumbach's research on the effects of family backgrounds on politicians' engagement with economic issues discussed by , "How Growing Up Poor Changes Politicians," The Washington Post, May 6, 2015.
"Labor Unions and White Racial Politics" (with ). American Journal of Political Science 65, no. 1 (2021): 225-240.
Elaborates on Labor Unions and White Racial Politics. Uses panel data from the 2010s to argue that labor union membership increases racial toleration and support for civil rights causes among white workers.
"Does the American Dream Matter for Members of Congress? Social Class Backgrounds and Roll-Call Votes" Political Research Quarterly 68, no. 2 (2015): 306-323.
"Polluting Industries as Climate Protagonists? Cap and Trade and the Problem of Preferences" Business & Politics (2015).