Who We Are

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Fred Block
President

Fred has been a politically engaged sociologist for more than forty years.  His books include:  The Origins of International Economic Disorder, Postindustrial Possibilities, and with Margaret Somers, The Power of Market Fundamentalism.  He is research professor of sociology at U.C. Davis.

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Mridula Udayagiri
Executive Director

Mridula has spent over 30 years advocating for gender and economic equity.  More recently she developed and managed education equity programs for first-generation college students. She is professor emeritus, department of sociology, California State University, Sacramento. 

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Carole Joffe
Board Member

Carole has worked for decades to help protect women's reproductive health from continuing right-wing attacks. Her influential books include Doctors of Conscience and Dispatches from the Abortion Wars. She is currently affiliated with the Bixby Center in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF

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Karl Klare
Board Member

Karl is the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law at Northeastern University.   His research has centered on labor law and constitutional law with a special focus on South Africa.  He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in recognition of his scholarship on transformative constitutionalism, which, according to the University's citation, “has precipitated in South Africa no less than a paradigm shift in post-apartheid legal thinking.” 

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Margaret Somers
Board Member

Margaret is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan.  Her books include Genealogies of Citizenship and The Power of Market Fundamentalism (with Fred Block).  Her work has been broadly influential in cultural sociology, economic sociology, citizenship studies, and social movement research. 

Advisory Board

  • Lisa Garcia Bedolla
    Graduate School of Education, U.C. Berkeley
  • Troy Duster
    Department of Sociology, NYU and UC Berkeley
  • Nancy Folbre
    Department of Economics, University of Massacusetts, Amherst
  • Kevin Gallagher
    School of Global Studies, Boston University
  • Louise Lamphere
    Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
  • Aldon Morris
    Department of Sociology, Northwestern University
  • Prasannan Parthasarathi
    Department of History, Boston College
  • Francis Fox Piven
    Department of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center
  • John Schmitt
    Research Director, Center for Equitable Growth, Washington, D.C.
  • Tom Sugrue
    Department of History, New York University

Staff and Volunteers

  • Yesenia Sandoval, Program Manager
  • Lori Vandermeir, Website Consultant

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