Jake Rosenfeld

Associate Professor

Jake Rosenfeld (Phd, Princeton University) is Associate Professor of Sociology, co-director  of the Scholars Strategy Network Northwest (SSN-NW), and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE), the West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC), and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies.  His research and teaching focuses on the political and economic determinants of inequality in the advanced democracies. He is primarily interested in who gets paid what and why - and how this varies across time and place. In his work Rosenfeld examines major developments that have disrupted past practices of wage-setting, especially labor union decline and the resulting changes in the ways firms allocate wages. His secondary research agenda examines the factors that have expanded political inequality in the U.S. In this work, Rosenfeld investigates institutional factors that have reshaped patterns of political participation.


Rosenfeld has published research in various outlets, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Foreign Affairs.  Along with lead author Bruce Western, his 2011 article on the effect of union decline on inequality in the U.S. received widespread media attention, including coverage in the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.  His book, What Unions No Longer Do, will be published by Harvard University Press in January 2014.