Jennifer Gordon is looking at the harms posed to workers worldwide by increasingly common labor recruitment and subcontracting practices. She is developing a strategy to hold global labor recruiters and the employers that contract with them accountable for the abuse of guest workers. Through the example of guest work, she seeks to broaden public understanding of subcontracting as a threat to workers' rights, transparency, and democracy in an open society.
A MacArthur Prize Fellow from 1999 to 2004, she has been a professor at Fordham University School of Law since 2003. She teaches courses in the fields of immigration law, labor law, and legislation/regulation, and writes about the regulation of the low-wage workplace, restructuring global labor migration, and the relationship between law and social change. Her book, Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights, was published in 2005 by Harvard University Press. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty, in 1992 she founded the Workplace Project, a nationally recognized non-profit immigrant worker center. She has been named one of the top lawyers under age forty in the U.S. by theNational Law Journal, and “Outstanding Public Interest Lawyer of the Year” by the National Association for Public Interest Law (now Equal Justice Works).