Dorian Warren

(Finance Committee) President of Center for Community Change, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute


Dorian T. Warren is the President of Center for Community Change, where he previously served as Vice President, Board Chair, and the President of the Center for Community Action. Dorian is also a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project, and a MSNBC contributor.

A scholar of inequality and American politics, Dorian taught for over a decade at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, where he was co-director of the Columbia University program on labor law and policy and served as a research associate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies.

A native Chicagoan, Warren received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has received research fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, CUNY’s Murphy Institute, the Public Welfare Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Russell Sage Foundation. His research and teaching interests include labor organizing, politics and policy; race and ethnic politics; African-American politics; urban politics and policy; American political development; community organizing and social movements; and social science methodology.

As a commentator on public affairs, Warren has appeared regularly on television and radio, including NBC Nightly News, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, BET, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and NY1, among other outlets. He was the host and executive producer of “Nerding Out” on MSNBC’s digital platform,, and was included on the list of NBC’s theGrio’s 100 people making history today in 2013.

He is the author of The Three Faces of Unions: Inclusion & Democracy in the U.S. Labor Movement (Oxford University Press) and co-authored Boxing Out: Walmart & the Politics of Labor Market Regulation from Below (Russell Sage Foundation Press) and The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (Roosevelt Institute and Cambridge University Press).

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