Marion Crain

Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law; Vice Provost of the University;
Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital


J.D., 1983, University of California at Los Angeles
B.S., 1980, Cornell University

Curriculum Vitae




Rachel Mance - (314) 935-6403 

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-3459
Email: mgcrain@wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 559

Courses Taught

Labor Law
Employment Discrimination
Employment Law
Family Law
Feminist Legal Theory


Professor Marion Crain, an expert in labor and employment law, is Vice Provost for Washington University and the Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law. She also holds joint appointments (by courtesy) with the Brown School of Social Work and the Program on Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her scholarship examines the relationships among gender, work, and class status with a particular emphasis on collective action and labor relations. She is the author, co-author or editor of a labor law casebook, an employment law casebook, two university press books and a commercial press book, as well as numerous law review articles and book chapters on labor and employment law, labor unionism, and the working poor. Professor Crain is Chair of the Labor Law Group, an international collective of labor and employment law professors who work collaboratively to improve labor and employment law pedagogy through the production of course materials, and serves on the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. In addition to her legal research and scholarship, she received the David M. Becker Professor of the Year Award in 2009 for excellence in teaching. Professor Crain directs the law school’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital, and serves on the Sociology Advising Group for the College of Arts & Sciences, on the Steering Committee of the Brown School of Social Work’s Brookings Institution/Public Policy Program, and on the Steering Committee for the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University Institute for Public Health. Before joining Washington University’s faculty, Professor Crain served as the Paul Eaton Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she directed the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity and served as Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development. She has previously taught or visited at the University of Michigan, George Washington University, Duke University, the University of Alabama, West Virginia University, and the University of Toledo. Prior to entering law teaching, she practiced labor and employment law with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and clerked for the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Representative Publications

Recent Books

  • Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World (Marion Crain, Winifred Poster & Miriam Cherry, eds.) University of California Press 2016; also chapter, "Consuming Work."
  • Labor Relations Law: Cases and Materials, (with Theodore St. Antoine and Charles Craver) 13th edition, Lexis Law Publishing 2016
  • Work Law: Cases and Materials, (with Pauline Kim and Mike Selmi) 3rd edition, Lexis Law Publishing 2015
  • Working and Living in the Shadow of Economic Fragility, (with K. Matheny) (Marion Crain & Michael Sherraden, eds.) (Oxford University Press 2014); also chapter "Unionism, Law, and the Collective Struggle for Economic Justice,"
  • Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream (Senator John Edwards, Marion Crain & Arne Kalleberg, eds.) The New Press (2007)

Recent Articles & Book Chapters

  • "Re-Assembling Labor," (with John Inazu) 2015 Illinois Law Review 1791
  • "Beyond Unions, Notwithstanding Labor Law," 4 University of California Irvine Law Review 561 (2014)
  • "A Holistic Approach to Teaching Work Law," (with Pauline Kim) 58 Saint Louis University Law Journal 7 (2013)
  • "Work, Free Will and Law," 23 Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal (December 2012)
  • "An Imminent Hanging," 26 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law 151 (2011) (GW/NLRB Symposium on The National Labor Relations Act at 75: Its Legacy and Future)
  • "Arm’s Length Intimacy: Employment as Relationship,"35 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 163 (2011) [Symposium on For Love or Money?, sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work & Social Capital]
  • "Managing Identity: Buying Into the Brand at Work," 95 Iowa Law Review 1179 (2010)
  • "Work Matters," 19 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 365 (2010) [Symposium on Employment Law in Recessionary Times]
  • "Sex Discrimination as Collective Harm," in The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor [Dorothy Sue Cobble, ed.], Cornell University Press (2007)