Columbia Labor Lab leverages the tools of social science to understand and strengthen efforts to rebuild the economic and political power of workers. We work in partnership with unions and worker associations, affording us access to unique data and providing us opportunities to directly test the implications that follow from our work. These partnerships allow the direct application of state-of-the-art research methods in the social sciences: employing large-scale surveys, interviews, field experimental designs, administrative data linking and analysis, and machine learning.


Kate Andrias
Columbia Law School
Alex Hertel-Fernandez
Columbia SIPA Political Science
(on leave at U.S. Department of Labor)
Suresh Naidu
Columbia SIPA and Economics
Adam Reich
Columbia Sociology

Lab Manager

Patrick Youngblood, Columbia Labor Lab Research Manager


Kathleen Griesbach, Sociology, UT Austin

Stephanie Luce, Sociology and Labor Studies, CUNY

Ruth Milkman, Sociology and Labor Studies, CUNY

Hana Shepherd, Sociology, Rutgers University

Rachel Sherman, Sociology, New School

Niha Singh, Postdoctoral Fellow at INCITE/Labor Lab, soon to be faculty in economics at Notre Dame

Aaron Sojourner, Economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research


Andrea Contreras, Columbia 2024

Sam Donahue, PhD student, Columbia Sociology

Luke Elliott-Negri, PhD student, CUNY Sociology

Katy Habr, PhD student, Columbia Sociology

Emily Mazo, PhD student, Columbia Sociology

Easton Schindler, Columbia 2024

Leena Yumeen, Columbia 2023