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Our Mission

Multidisciplinary Community

Bringing together world-leading researchers to shape public policy through innovation, collaboration, and debate.

The Policy Lab is a multidisciplinary community within The Center for Applied Research on Work (CAROW) and the ILR School that connects research on work with the practice of putting it to use. As a home for the robust policy work taking place across Cornell, the CAROW Policy Lab is uniquely positioned to facilitate collaboration between colleagues working on state and national-level policy analysis, recommendations, and tools. Through this collaboration, we ultimately aim to provide the public with the tools to understand and resolve the challenges of our contemporary labor market and its many intersections.


Policy Lab Members

Our members span ILR's many disciplines, initiatives and research groups. We are made up of researchers and educators, policy specialists, communicators and advocates.

Policy Lab Staff

  • Assistant Director, Content Strategy

  • Director of Research for Worker Rights and Equity, The Worker Institute

  • Senior Research and Policy Development Associate

  • Director of Research, ILR Buffalo Co-Lab

Policy Lab Affiliates

  • Director of Technological Innovation, Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative

  • Director of Cornell University ILR’s Labor and Employment Law Program

  • Director of Labor Education Research

  • Academic Director, Yang-Tan Institute

  • Executive Director, The Worker Institute

  • Director of Cornell University ILR Buffalo Co-Lab

  • Research Professor
  • Director, ILR Ithaca Co-Lab

  • Policy Associate for the Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability

  • Executive Director of the Global Labor Institute

  • Senior Extension Associate at the Yang-Tan Institute

  • Director, Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative

  • Senior Research & Policy Development Associate, Climate Jobs Institute

  • Training and Content Development Associate with the Yang-Tan Institute

  • Director of Research, Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative

  • Director of Training and Curriculum Design, Equity and Worker Rights, Worker Institute

  • Executive Director, Climate Jobs Institute

  • Assistant Director of Research, Climate Jobs Institute

Ellice Switzer

  • Transition Associate with the Yang-Tan Institute

KC Wagner

  • Director of Workplace Issues at Cornell University's ILR Metro District Office in New York City.

  • Senior Researcher, Worker Rights and Equity

Contact Us

Reach out to the Policy Lab

CAROW Policy Lab
Cornell University
218 Ives Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: (607) 255-1522
Fax: (607) 254-5225

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