Gordon Lafer, Professor, joined the LERC faculty in 1997. His work focuses primarily on industrial and policy research, and he has written widely on issues of economic and employment policy. In 2009-10, Lafer was on leave from the University of Oregon serving as Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor.
Lafer teaches extension courses on internal and external organizing, contract negotiations, and labor policy. On campus, he has taught courses on labor and employment policy for the UO’s Political Science Department and the Clark Honors College, and created LERC’s undergraduate labor internship program. In 2017, Lafer is leading the launch of the UO Labor Research Colloquium, an interdisciplinary research forum for faculty and graduate students at the university.
In 2011, Lafer became a Research Association of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC, and has published numerous policy reports related to current debates over state and federal economic policy.
His most recent book is The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America, One State at a Time (Cornell University Press, 2017).
Dr. Lafer earned the title full professor in April, 2017.
Lafer received his PhD in Political Science from Yale University in 1995.
See Curriculum Vitae for publications and activities