Cornell University

Richard Hurd : Biography

Richard W. Hurd is Associate Dean for External Relations and Professor of Labor Studies. A leading specialist on trade union administration and strategy, and on the unionization of professional workers, he has been quoted widely in the national and international print and broadcast media on various labor issues. He is co-editor of the International Handbook on Labour Unions: Responses to Neoliberalism (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 2011), Rekindling the Movement (Cornell University ILR Press, 2001), Organizing to Win (Cornell University ILR Press, 1998) and Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law (ILR Press, 1994). He has published dozens of papers in books and professional journals, including "First Contract Arbitration and the Employee Free Choice Act: Multi-jurisdictional Evidence from Canada" [with Sara Slinn, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations 2011], "Obama and the US Labor Movement" [Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 2009], “Neutrality Agreements: Innovative, Controversial and Labor's Hope for the Future” [New Labor Forum 2008], and “U.S. Labor 2006: Strategic Developments Across the Divide” [Journal of Labor Research 2007]. His articles on union strategy have been published in Britain, Germany, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Korea, Australia, Belgium, Canada and the U.S. Professor Hurd works closely with labor organizations and professional associations, offering technical assistance on strategic issues including organizational change, internal and external organizing, and leadership development. His clients have included the Canadian Labour Congress, AFL-CIO Office of the President, United Food and Commercial Workers, American Federation of Teachers, Service Employees International Union, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the American Guild of Musical Artists. Hurd earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Vanderbilt University, and is a former Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow.