Diana S. Reddy



Doctorate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy

2016 Cohort

Spring 2023 Completion

Dissertation: "The Law and Social Movement Dialectic: Labor Unions, Cycles of Protest, and a Critique of (Historically Specific) Rights"

Dissertation Committee: Rebecca Goldstein (Chair), Catherine Fisk, David Grewal, Kim Voss

I research and write about work as an institution, and its relationship to law. My scholarship draws upon multiple literatures including those on economic history, political economy, social movements, and social change. Empirically, I use a diverse methodological toolkit to trace the transmission and reinterpretation of legal and economic ideas across institutional fields over time. These methods include surveys, survey experiments, interviews, participant observation, content analysis, and archival work.

Before my return to academia, I represented labor unions and workers at the AFL-CIO, Altshuler Berzon LLP, and the California Teachers Association. I clerked for Judge Theodore McKee on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Kimba Wood on the Southern District of New York.

I am a Doctoral Fellow at the Law, Economics, and Politics Center at UC Berkeley Law, and a Doctoral Candidate in UCB's Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. I received my JD, magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law, where I was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. I also have an MA in Sociology and a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology, magna cum laude, from Stanford University.


After the Law of Apolitical Economy: Reclaiming the Normative Stakes of Labor Unions, 132 YALE L.J. __ (job talk paper, forthcoming 2023).

“There Is No Such Thing as an Illegal Strike”: Reconceptualizing the Strike in Law and Political Economy, 130 YALE L.J.F. 421 (2021), https://www.yalelawjournal.org/forum/there-is-no-such-thing-as-an-illega....

Featured in JOTWELL: https://worklaw.jotwell.com/striking-labor-laws-economic-political-divide/

Protection by Law, Repression by Law: Bringing Labor Back into Law and Social Movement Studies, 70 EMORY L.J. 63 (2020) (with Catherine L. Fisk), https://scholarlycommons.law.emory.edu/elj/vol70/iss1/2/.

Law Firms as Defendants: Family Responsibilities Discrimination in Legal Workplaces, 34 PEPP. L.REV. 393 (2007) (with Joan C. Williams, Stephanie Bornstein & Betsy A. Williams).

Anti-CRT and a “Free Market” in Racial Education, LAW AND POLITICAL ECONOMY BLOG (December 8, 2021), https://lpeproject.org/blog/anti-crt-and-a-free-market-in-racial-education/.

Labor Bargaining and the Common Good, LAW AND POLITICAL ECONOMY BLOG (July 29, 2021), https://lpeproject.org/blog/labor-bargaining-and-the-common-good/.