Politics at Work: How Employers Use Their Workers to Change US Politics and Policy

Lecture | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

 Kim Voss, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Ann Ravel, Lecturer, Berkeley Law

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley Labor Center

In 2010, the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court decision upheld corporations’ right to participate in politics, declaring that limits to their political spending would infringe on freedom of speech. But money is not the only political resource that corporations can use. Private companies have access to – and control over – powerful human capital in the form of their employees. Professor Hertel-Fernandez will discuss the huge impacts corporations are having on elections and public policy by mobilizing their workers.

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Kim Voss of the UC Berkeley Sociology Department and Ann Ravel of Berkeley Law.

Please register to secure your spot.

Thursday, April 12, 4:00 pm
2521 Channing Way
Please join us for a reception after the talk.


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. He studies the political economy of the US, with an emphasis on the politics of organized interests and public policy.

Kim Voss is a professor of sociology and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley. She studies social movements, labor, inequality, higher education, and comparative-historical sociology.

Ann Ravel served on the Federal Election Commission under President Barack Obama, between 2013 and 2017. Previously, she chaired the California Fair Political Practices Commission, where she oversaw the regulation of campaign finance, lobbyist registration and reporting, and ethics and conflicts of interest related to officeholders and public employees. She is a lecturer at Berkeley Law.

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