Join us at CSIS for an Alumni Reception and Program: Inequality and the State of Working America – Thursday, April 7

Dean James B. Steinberg and the Maxwell School Advisory Board invite you to a timely discussion on wage stagnation, the transformation of work, rampant inequality, and the future of labor unions.  Leading the conversation will be Josh Bivens, research and policy director at the Economic Policy Institute.  Also on the panel will be Maxwell School faculty members Gretchen Purser and Matthew Huber.


6:00 p.m. Program

7:00 p.m. Cocktail reception and networking


Center for Strategic and International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Event Details

This event is free and open to Maxwell School alumni, their guests, students, and prospective students.


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Contact Norma Shannon at 315.443.5504 or

More about our panelists:

Bivens (from Dana)

Josh Bivens is the research and policy director at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). His areas of research include macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, the economics of globalization, social insurance, and public investment. He frequently appears as an economics expert on news shows, including the Public Broadcasting Service’s “NewsHour,” the “Melissa Harris-Perry” show on MSNBC, WAMU’s “The Diane Rehm Show,” American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” and programs of the BBC.

Bivens is the author of Failure by Design: The Story behind America’s Broken Economy (EPI and Cornell University Press) and Everybody Wins Except for Most of Us: What Economics Really Teachers About Globalization (EPI). He is the co-author of The State of Working America, 12thEdition (EPI and Cornell University Press) and a co-editor of Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs: Labor Markets and Informal Work in Egypt, El Salvador, India, Russia and South Africa (EPI).

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Matthew T. Huber is an associate professor of geography at the Maxwell School.  His research looks at the relationship between energy systems and the larger social, cultural and political forces. His 2013 book, Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom and the Forces of Capital, examines the role of oil in shaping suburbanization and the rightward turn of American politics in the 1970s and beyond. His new project examines the industrial fertilizer industry and their immense natural gas consumption and carbon emissions.

.Gretchen_Pursar (from Dana)

Gretchen Purser is an assistant professor of sociology at the Maxwell School and author of the forthcoming Labor On Demand:  Dispatching the Urban Poor.  Her research focuses on precarious work and the low-wage labor market, the reproduction and lived experience of urban poverty, and the politics of punishment in the U.S.

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