Brishen Rogers

Brishen Rogers is Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and an Associate Professor of Law at Temple University. His research focuses on labor/employment law and law and economic inequality. He is currently under contract with MIT Press for a monograph entitled Rethinking the Future of Work, on how the current wave of technological innovation is changing work and work regulation. Popular works include two recent articles in the Boston Review on automation, work, and universal basic income. In Spring 2017, Rogers was a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis and a Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2006, and his B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Virginia in 1998.

In a new working paper, Roosevelt Fellow Brishen Rogers makes the case that automation is not a major threat to workers today, and that it will not likely be a major threat in the near future. However, he contends that existing labor laws allow companies to use new technology—specifically information technology—in ways that give them outsized

Workers are increasingly powerless in the 21st century economy. Working people have few rights on the job, corporations and wealthy individuals hold outsized influence in politics and policymaking, economic inequality is vast and deep, and economic mobility is out of reach for most. Most notably, the unionization rate—a key measure of worker voice and worker