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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Postdoctoral Scholars support the mission of the Project for Middle Class Renewal through ongoing research on contemporary public policies and practices impacting labor and workplace issues.

Lonnie Golden

Dr. Golden is currently Senior Research Analyst, Project for Middle Class Renewal, University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations. He is also Professor of Economics and Labor & Employment Relations at Penn State University, Abington College. His research analyzes trends in working hours, overtime, overwork, overemployment and underemployment, work schedule flexibility and variability, labor market and workplace flexibility, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and labor laws and policies, worker well-being and happiness, work-sharing, part-time work, time-use, work-family and health consequences, non-standard and contingent employment and employment policies. He is co-editor of two books, including Working Time, and has published research in leading journals such as Industrial Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Monthly Labor Review, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Applied Economics, Journal of Community, Work & Family, and Journal of Family and Economic Issues. He teaches courses on Labor Economics, Labor Markets and Work-Life Policies and Practices.

Robby Habans

Robby Habans studies urban development and local economies. Broadly, his research examines how geographic difference and institutional change intersect with urban policy, industrial and labor market restructuring, and the possibility of a more equitable, more inclusive economy. Along these lines, recent work has examined local minimum wage ordinances, various forms of contingent work, the evolution of health care as a local economic development concern, and the neighborhood impacts of the criminal justice system, among other topics. Trained as an urban planner and economic geographer, he joins the Project for Middle Class Renewal from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he recently completed a PhD in Urban and Planning and Policy, and from the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. He also holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of New Orleans and has taught courses in urban studies.