Cornell University

Lowell Turner : Biography

Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell since 2011.  Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Author of Democracy at Work: Changing World Markets and the Future of Labor Unions (1991) and Fighting for Partnership: Labor and Politics in Unified Germany (1998), both published by Cornell University Press. Also editor of Negotiating the New Germany: Can Social Partnership Survive? and co-editor of Rekindling the Movement: Labor's Quest for Relevance in the 21st Century (with Harry Katz and Richard Hurd, 2001), Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds: Local Solidarity in a Global Economy (with Daniel Cornfield, 2007), and Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism (with Lee Adler and Maite Tapia, 2014 forthcoming). Before starting an academic career, for nine years a letter carrier and union representative (shop steward, chief steward, branch editor) in San Francisco.