Alexander Hertel-Fernandez


As a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, Alexander Hertel-Fernandez focuses his research and policy work on labor and the workplace, corporate power, and the politics of public policy.

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. His research focuses on American political economy, including the politics of business, labor and the workplace, and inequality.

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. As an undergraduate, he helped to found the Northwestern University chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.