University of Wisconsin–Madison

Laura Dresser

Associate Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)
Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Social Work

ldresser@wisc.edu

Department of Sociology, COWS
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Laura Dresser

Laura Dresser is Associate Director of COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy) and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Macropractice at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Social Work. Dresser is a labor economist and expert on low-wage work and workforce development systems, and has written about ways to build stronger labor market systems and worked extensively with labor, business, and community leaders in building them. Laura has also written about low-wage jobs, care work,  inequality, and labor market reform. A co-editor of The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America’s Labor Market, she is currently working issues on the connections between quality care, quality jobs, and minimum wages.

Laura Dresser's Research Interests

  • Low-wage labor market and work restructuring
  • Workforce development systems
  • Wisconsin labor markets

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