Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His research focuses on American political economy, including the politics of business, labor, and wealthy donors. His most recent book, State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation (Oxford, 2019), examines how networks of conservative activists, donors, and businesses built organizations to successfully reshape public policy across the states and why progressives failed in similar efforts. His previous book, Politics at Work (Oxford, 2018), examines how employers are increasingly recruiting their workers into politics to change elections and policy. His research has appeared in leading academic research journals and media outlets and has won the American Political Science Association's Robert Dahl and Gladys M. Kammerer awards. He has also received fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Tobin Project. He received his PhD in government and social policy from Harvard University.


Alexander Hertel-Fernandez in the News

Facing covid-19, low-wage service workers are striking across the country. Here’s why — and why it matters., The Washington Post

Can unions save Joe Biden's campaign?, CBS News

Labor law makes it too hard to start unions. Workers deserve a bigger voice, CNN

As the United States grapples with ongoing social, health, and economic crises, policymakers are considering—and enacting—major changes at all levels of government. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this includes bolstering existing programs, like unemployment insurance, and creating new initiatives, like grants and loans for small businesses and a new paid sick leave benefit. And

The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for the American workforce. Tens of millions of workers are now out of work, and workers who are still employed must navigate their jobs while trying to avoid the risk of infecting themselves and their communities. Employers do not appear to be providing essential workers increased pay or

American labor and employment law is broken—affording workers little voice and few rights—and the COVID-19 pandemic has cast these failings in sharp relief. But even before the coronavirus crisis, a growing number of labor activists, policymakers, and academics have been calling for a fundamental overhaul of workplace law. In American Workers’ Experiences with Power, Information,

Politics at Work: A Discussion of Corporate Influence Over Worker Politics with Alex Hertel-Fernandez Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 Registration at 5:30 PM Discussion begins promptly at 6:00 PM Program concludes at 7:15 PM The Roosevelt Institute 570 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor New York, NY 11103 The Roosevelt Institute is a leading voice explaining how disparities

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