Douglas Swanson, Ph.D. Candidate
Coordinator for Labor Studies
ABD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Doug Swanson joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis in February of 2017 as the UMSL Labor Studies Program Coordinator after over 20 years of working in a variety of roles with Labor Unions, such as member activist, officer, staff and administrator. Swanson has an associate degree in Management from Sauk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s in Union Leadership and Administration from the National Labor College, and a Master’s in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Swanson’s work in labor has taken him from Illinois to Wisconsin, Alaska and Maine before arriving at UMSL. Before beginning his career in the labor movement, Swanson had worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation doing bridge and highway construction running multimillion dollar highway projects. While working as a worker advocate, he acquired considerable skills in member and leadership development, collective bargaining, organizing, and administration. Other teaching interests for Doug include labor history, workplace empowerment, and patterns of shifting work, the changing definition of employment as well as equity of wages and their impact on communities. Swanson is a member of Board of Directors for Bread and Roses Missouri, as well as the Workers’ Rights Board with Jobs with Justice. Swanson is also a member of Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). He also serves on the board for the LERA Gateway Chapter.
Office: 811 Tower
David B. Robertson, Ph.D.
Curator's Teaching Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University
Dave Robertson's teaches and writes about U.S. politics, policy and political history, environmental policy, and political economy. His most recent books are Federalism and the Making of America, 2nd ed. (Routledge, forthcoming) and The Original Compromise: What the Framers were Really Thinking (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is also the author of The Constitution and America's Destiny, Capital, Labor, and State: The Battle of American Labor Markets from the Civil War to the New Deal, and (with Dennis R. Judd) The Development of American Public Policy: The Structure of Policy Restraint. He also edited Loss of Confidence: Politics and Policy in the 1970s and, with Cal Jillson, Perspectives on American Government: Readings in Political Development and Institutional Change. Currently, he is working on a book about the constitution of American environmental policy and its impact today. He has published articles on federalism and public policy, program design, lesson-drawing, the new institutionalism, James Madison, and labor market policies in the United States and Great Britain. His American Political Science Review article, "Madison's Opponents and Constitutional Design," received the 2006 Mary Parker Follett Award for the Best Article in Politics and History (the award is presented by the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association). His articles in Policy Studies Review also have won national awards. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Policy History and formerly edited CLIO, the newsletter of the Politics and History section of the American Political Science Association. He is a co-leader of Confluence Scholars’ Strategy Network. Robertson has received the Governor's, Chancellor's, and Emerson Electric Awards for Teaching Excellence. He is the political analyst for KSDK Television (NBC) and is frequently quoted in electronic and print media.