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Joel Rogers

Joel Rogers

Joel Rogers writes, teaches, strategizes, and organizes around the topics of social justice and democratic theory. He serves as the Noam Chomsky Professor of Law, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Director of the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice; Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) – the national resource and strategy center on high-road development; and State Innovation Exchange (SIX) – formed by the merger of the Center for State Innovation, the Progressive States Network, and the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE). Along with many scholarly and popular articles, his books include The Hidden Election, On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, Associations and Democracy, Works Councils, Working Capital, What Workers Want, Cites at Work, and American Society: How It Really Works. Joel is an active citizen as well as academic. He has worked with and advised many politicians and social movement leaders and initiated and/or helped lead several progressive NGOs. He is a contributing editor of The Nation and Boston Review, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and identified by Newsweek as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century. Rogers is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, Ph.D. graduate of Princeton University, M.A. graduate of Universität Heidelberg, and received his law degree from Yale Law School.

Guest Appearances
March 7, 2023

Who’s Writing All These Crazy State Laws? with Joel Rogers

Professor Joel Rogers describes the rise of American Legislative Council (ALEC), the organization responsible drafting model bills introduced across the country with devastating impacts upon public education, voting rights, and environmental protections,...