Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project


David Madland

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David Madland is a senior fellow and the senior adviser to the American Worker Project at American Progress. He has been called “one of the nation’s wisest young scholars” by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr.

Madland is the author of Re-Union: How Bold Labor Reforms Can Repair, Revitalize, and Reunite the United States(Cornell University Press, 2021) and Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work without a Strong Middle Class(University of California Press, 2015). Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, says, “David’s work is creating a North Star for how we increase workers’ power in the economy and democracy.”

He has appeared frequently on television shows, including “PBS NewsHour” and CNN’s “Crossfire”; been cited in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker; and been a guest on dozens of radio talk shows across the United States. He has testified before Congress on a number of occasions, as well as several state legislatures.

Madland writes frequently about the economy and American politics, especially the middle class, economic inequality, labor unions, retirement policy, and workplace standards such as the minimum wage. He worked on economic policy for former Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and has consulted for several labor unions. He is the co-author of Interest Groups in American Campaigns, and his dissertation about the decline of the U.S. pension system was honored as the best dissertation of the year by the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Madland received his doctorate in government from Georgetown University and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. At American Progress, he previously served as the managing director for Economic Policy and the director of the American Worker Project.

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City poised to set labor standards by sector In the News

City poised to set labor standards by sector

David Madland praises a new Detroit city ordinance that would create a process for bringing together representatives of workers, employers, and the public to make recommendations around minimum compensation and standards for certain industries.

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Event Recap: Labor Unions and the Future Video

Event Recap: Labor Unions and the Future

David Madland's new book explains how to design a new labor system for today's economy with enhanced rights for workers, incentives for union membership, and greater sectoral bargaining.

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