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” labor scholars by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. Mary Kay Henry, president of Service Employees International Union, says his work “is creating a North Star for how we increase workers’ power in the economy and democracy.”

Madland writes about the economy and American politics, especially the middle class, economic inequality, labor unions, retirement policy, and workplace standards. He 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).

He appears frequently on television including on PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox and is a regular guest on radio talk shows across the United States. His work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and The New Yorker. He has also testified before Congress as well as several state legislatures.

Prior to his work at American Progress, Madland worked on economic policy for then-Rep. George Miller (D-CA). He received his doctorate in government from Georgetown University and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation about the decline of the U.S. pension system received the “2008 Best Dissertation Award” from the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Latest by David Madland

Young Workers Deserve Better Training In the News

Young Workers Deserve Better Training

Authors Angela Hanks and David Madland discuss how compensation for today's young workers fare far worse than younger workers a generation ago and how a modernized training system can change that.

Angela Hanks, David Madland

How to Rebuild the Middle Class In the News

How to Rebuild the Middle Class

David Madland argues that Bruce Bartlett's claim that redistribution is the key to fighting inequality is only part of the solution to rebuild the middle class.

David Madland