Who We Are

Meet Our Board

Fred Block


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 a research professor of sociology at U.C. Davis. To learn more about Fred, click here.

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.

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.

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.”

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

Nancy Folbre

Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Louise Lamphere

Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Prasannan Parthasarathi

Department of History, Boston College

John Schmitt

Research Director, Center for Equitable Growth, Washington

Troy Duster

Department of Sociology, NYU and UC Berkeley

Kevin Gallagher

School of Global Studies, Boston University

Aldon Morris

Department of Sociology, Northwestern University

Frances Fox Piven

Department of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

Tom Sugrue

Department of History, New York University

Staff & Volunteers

Yesenia Sandoval

Program Manager

Lori Vandermeir

Website Consultant

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