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Cynthia  Estlund

Cynthia Estlund

New York University School of Law
Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law
New York, NY, USA

Cynthia Estlund is the Catherine A. Rein Professor at NYU School of Law, and a leading scholar of labor and employment law.  She has written extensively on workplace regulation and governance; freedom of expression and procedural fairness at work; diversity, integration, and affirmative action; and many aspects of collective labor law – mainly in the U.S. but also from a comparative perspective.  Her first book Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003), argues that workplace diversity, coupled with the cooperation and sociability that work entails, has important implications for democratic theory and for labor and employment law.  Her book, Regoverning the Workplace: From Self-Regulation to Co-Regulation (Yale Univ. Press, 2010), chronicles the decline of collective bargaining, the rise of employment law, and current trends in regulatory practice that suggest a potential path toward better and more participatory workplace governance.  Her next book, A New Deal for China’s Workers? (under contract; Harvard Univ. Press), is about reform and its limits in the wake of rising labor unrest in China.

Estlund got her B.A. (summa cum laude) from Lawrence University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.  After clerking for Judge Patricia M. Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Estlund practiced law for several years, primarily at the labor law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser in D.C.  She taught at the University of Texas School of Law and Columbia Law School before moving to New York University School of Law in 2006.

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