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@wulaw.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, 13th edition (Lexis Law Publishing 2016) [with Theodore St. Antoine and Charles Craver]
  • WORK LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 3rd edition (Lexis Law Publishing 2015) [with Pauline Kim and Mike Selmi]
  • WORKING AND LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF ECONOMIC FRAGILITY [Marion Crain & Michael Sherraden, eds.] (Oxford University Press 2014); also chapter “Unionism, Law, and the Collective Struggle for Economic Justice” (with K. Matheny)
  • 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, 2015 ILLINOIS L. REV. (with John Inazu)
  • Beyond Unions, Notwithstanding Labor Law, 4 UNIV. OF CALIF.-IRVINE L. REV. 561 (2014)
  • A Holistic Approach to Teaching Work Law, 58 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 7 (2013) (with Pauline Kim)
  • Work, Free Will and Law, 23 EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS JOURNAL (December 2012)
  • An Imminent Hanging, 26 ABA J. LAB. & EMP. L. 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 35 WASH. U. J. LAW & POL’Y163 (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 L. REV. 1179 (2010)
  • Work Matters, 19 KANSAS J. LAW & PUB. POL’Y 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)