Campus Living Wage Project


Harvard University
Elaine Bernard
Dan Dimaggio
Madeleine Elfenbein
Lawrence Katz
Roona Ray & Amy Offner

Brown University
Peter Asen
Matthew Jerzyk (Jobs for Justice)
Nick Rutter
Anissa Weinraub

Swarthmore College
Sam Blair
Kae Kalwaic

Economic Policy Institute
Jared Bernstein

Jen Kern

Stanford University
Anna Mumford [to come]

Colorado College
Kai Stinchombe [to come]

Interested in being interviewed?

Page: Interviews

Below are interviews with activists and organizers from universities and nonprofits about their experiences advocating for a campus living wage. Click on the name of the university or organization for a description of the campaign there and links to other information.

[Note: Almost all of these interviews were conducted during the winter of 2002, and so might not reflect the current views of those interviewed. Don't hold it against them.]

Harvard University:
Dan Dimaggio -- student activist
Maddy Eflenbein -- student activist
Roona Ray & Amy Offner -- student activists
Lawrence Katz -- professor of economics
Elaine Bernard -- director of trade union program

Brown University:
Anissa Weinraub -- student activist
Peter Asen -- student activist
Nick Rutter -- student activist
Matthew Jerzyk -- organizer, Jobs with Justice

Swarthmore College:
Kay Kalwaic -- staff organizer
Sam Blair -- student activist

Economic Policy Institute:
Jared Bernstein -- senior economist

Association of Communities for Reform Now (ACORN):
Jen Kern -- director, Living Wage Resource Center

Stanford University:
Anna Mumford -- student activist [to come]

Colorado College:
Kai Stinchcombe -- student activist [to come]

*Interested in being interviewed*? If you are interested in being interviewed or otherwise share your advice and experiences in living wage campaigns, email me at astone(at)


Page links:
Interview and Edit Process
: details on the interviewing and editing process. Important to read if you are interested in using the interviews here in an academic setting.
"Workers' Words": a moving collection of interviews with low-wage Harvard employees (not activists) about working conditions and the living wage movement. Excellent.

Living Wage Links: ACORN / Harvard PSLM / Economic Policy Institute / Jobs with Justice / United Students Against Sweatshops / LabourStart / PERI / United for a Fair Economy / SEIU

Last Updated 1.31.05
Research and design by Adam Stone
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This research project was generously funded by the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and supported through the efforts of Kent Koth, Renato Rosaldo, my family, and many friends and kind strangers.