Laura Schlachter

Laura Hanson Schlachter

Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chapter Member: Wisconsin SSN
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About Laura

Schlachter asks sociological questions about how to make our economy more inclusive and move our society to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis. Her mixed-methods research examines the relationship between resistance and building in movements for economic democracy and climate justice. Schlachter has been active with Madison-area nonprofits working on economic equity, climate justice, and elections integrity in a volunteer capacity since 2013, including a term as co-coordinator of 350 Madison from 2014-16. Her research has been generously funded by the National Science Foundation and the AmeriCorps Office of Research and Evaluation.


In the News

Laura Hanson Schlachter quoted by Diane Graff, "Dane County Committee Considers Performance Bond for Pipeline" The Courier, November 19, 2014.
Laura Hanson Schlachter quoted on fossil fuel divestment by Galen Druke, "Wisconsinites Join World’s Largest-Ever Climate March in New York Last Weekend" Wisconsin Public Radio Central Time, September 22, 2014.
Laura Hanson Schlachter quoted on the People’s Climate March by Andrew Freedman, "Sunday’s Climate Protest Could Be a Turning Point on Global Warming" Mashable, September 19, 2014.


"White Paper: Preliminary Analysis of the Worker Co-op Census Data," The Democracy at Work Institute, November 1, 2017.

Summarizes key findings from preliminary analysis of the first national, individual-level survey of cooperative employees and worker-owners. Includes 1,147 individuals from 82 worker cooperatives across the United States who participated in a survey fielded in spring 2017.