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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Laura Hanson Schlachter

PhD Candidate in Sociology

I research the sociology of movements & markets with a focus on labor and the environment.

Photo by Maria Drews

My mixed-methods dissertation examines the relationship between resistance and building in movements for economic democracy and climate justice. I highlight the role of “constructive repertoires” in collective political struggle, particularly in activism that bridges civic and economic spheres.

Recent publications have examined labor movement involvement in the emergence of market alternatives in the Rust Belt.  I am currently assisting with a survey about the relationship between walkability and the environment in three Wisconsin villages.  In 2016-17, I directed the first national study of the impacts of workplace democracy on individual workers in partnership with the Democracy at Work Institute, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, and University of Wisconsin Survey Center.

My research has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Beyster Fellowships Program at Rutgers University.

I have a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA from Whitman College.