The Committee to Save Cooper Union is pursuing legal action after the Board of Trustees announced plans to abolish the school’s 150-year tradition of providing free tuition for all.
Marjorie E. (“Betsy”) Wood serves as Economic Policy Associate and Managing Editor of Inequality.org at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Betsy has an extensive background in research, writing, and teaching on labor and inequality. Prior to joining the IPS staff in 2014, she was a visiting professor at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations where she taught courses on U.S. labor history and labor rights. She also taught American history at the University of New Hampshire and has consulted for labor organizations in Washington, D.C.
Betsy received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago where she was a Century Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellow. Her dissertation on the movement to end child labor in America won the Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Best Dissertation in U.S. Labor History. Her op-eds on contemporary labor issues have appeared in The New York Times.
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