Janice Fine

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Janice Fine

Janice Fine holds a Phd from MIT in Political Science and is Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University where she teaches and writes about low wage immigrant labor in the U.S., historical and contemporary debates regarding federal immigration policy, dilemmas of labor standards enforcement and innovative union and community organizing strategies.

Prior to coming to Rutgers in 2005, Fine worked as a community, labor and electoral organizer for more than twenty-five years.[1]

Immigration work

Fine is faculty coordinator of the Program on Immigration and Democracy at the Eagleton Institute of Politics as well as a member of the graduate faculty in Political Science and the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers.

In 2008, Fine was appointed by Governor Jon Corzine to the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immigrant Policy, where she helped formulate recommendations on a range of issues including strategies to strengthen labor standards enforcement as well as establishing a Commission on New Americans in the state of New Jersey.[2]


Fine's book, Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream was released in January of 2006 by Cornell University Press and the Economic Policy Institute.

Her most recent articles include “A Movement Wrestling: American Labor’s Enduring Struggle with Immigration 1866-2007” in Studies in American Political Development April 2009 (with Daniel Tichenor), “Why Labor Needs a Plan B” in New Labor Forum May 2007 and “A Marriage Made in Heaven? Mismatches and Misunderstandings Between Worker Centers and Unions” in the March 2007 issue of the British Journal of Industrial Relations. In addition to her scholarly writings, Fine has written for the Boston Globe, The Nation, and the Boston Review, been a guest commentator on All Things Considered and appeared on the Lou Dobbs show.[3]

New Party builder

New Party News Fall 1994 listed over 100 New Party activists-"some of the community leaders, organizers, retirees,, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP" the list included Janice Fine, MIT

Democratic Socialists of America member

Former Boston Democratic Socialists of America board member Janis (spelling inc.) Fine has been active for many years with Northeast Action and was a leader in the 1998 Clean Elections campaign.[4]

New England activism

In the early 2000s, Fine was an organizing director of Northeast Action and the Northeast Citizen Action Resource Center and founder of the New England Money and Politics Project.[5]

Social Policy

The Editorial Advisory Group of the magazine Social Policy includes[6];

Noam Chomsky, Janice Fine, S. M. Miller, Peter Olney, Frances Fox Piven, Heather Booth, Peter Dreier, Maya Wiley, Robert Fisher, Ashutosh Saxena, Ken Grossinger

Cry Wolf Project

The Cry Wolf Project was established in 2010 to counter conservative attempts to stop or discredit "progressive" policy options.

Cry Wolf Project Coordinators

  • Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy program, Occidental College
  • Donald Cohen, Executive Director, Center on Policy Initiatives
  • Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor of History at UC Santa Barbara and Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy

Project Advisory Board

New Labor Forum

New Labor Forum is published by Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies, Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies.

Editorial Board members listed, as of March 2013; were;[8] Elaine Bernard, Ron Blackwell, Barbara Bowen, Kate Bronfenbrenner, Arthur Cheliotes, Mike Davis, Amy Dean, Steve Early, Hector Figueroa, Janice Fine, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Juan Gonzalez, Marie Gottschalk, Gerald Hudson, Lisa Jordan, Tom Juravich, Robin D G Kelley, Jose LaLuz, Nelson Lichtenstein, Manning Marable, Ruth Needleman, Ai-jen Poo, Katie Quan, Adolph Reed, Daisy Rooks, Andrew Ross, Kent Wong.


  1. [1] Rutgers School of Labor Studies and Employment Relations website, accessed June 13, 2010
  2. [2] Rutgers School of Labor Studies and Employment Relations website, accessed June 13, 2010
  3. [3] Rutgers School of Labor Studies and Employment Relations website, accessed June 13, 2010
  4. TYR 2004
  5. [4] Boston Review contributors list, accessed June 12, 2010
  6. http://www.socialpolicy.org/index.php?id=804
  7. [5] George Mason University History News Network, accessed June 13, 2010
  8. NLF website, accessed March 6,2013