Dr. Susan Orr
231 Albert W. Brown Building
Ph.D, Political Science, (2010) University of Florida
M.A. Political Science (2004) University of Florida
B.A. Economics, suma cum laude(2002), Rollins College
My primary research interest is in the politics of organized labor in the US. I approach this topic from both empirical and normative perspectives. I am interested in how US labor law and politics shape the formation of labor unions, as well as how labor unions influence the behavior of their members. More specifically I am concerned with how the process of forming labor unions, as well as the internal rules that regulate the behavior of union members, comport with the democratic standards we find in American political institutions. In addition to these questions, my research explores how unions, and union membership, impact political outcomes and engagement. For example, one of my projects seeks to find out what effect labor union membership has on the likelihood that citizens with various demographic characteristics will turnout to vote. This research agenda is driven in part by my concern with democratic participation and civic engagement more broadly. On that note, I am currently beginning to delve into new research projects on citizenship and civic engagement especially as that relates to how classroom and campus experiences promote active citizenship among students.
I serve as co-chair of the American Political Science Associations Labor Project, a group that seeks to promote scholarship and the exchange of research and ideas related to labor and politics. On campus, I serve as chair of the faculty and staff organization the American Democracy Project that aims to promote civic engagement on campus. I am also the faculty mentor/advisor to the newly created Leadership and Community Service Living Learning Community.
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Politics of Work and Labor
Political Science Research Methods
American Political Issues
Perspectives on American Democracy
Perspectives on Citizenship
Susan Orr, “Is Democracy in the Cards?: A Democratic Defense of the Employee Free Choice Act” in Nelson Lichtenstein and Ellie Shermer, eds. The American Right and U.S. Labor: Politics, Ideology, and Imagination. University of Pennsylvania Press, Forthcoming
Susan Orr and Peter Francia. 2011 “Labor and Business Interest Groups” in CQ Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying, CQ Press, Washington DC.
Susan Orr. 2010. “Symposium: Forty Years since J. David Greenstone’s Labor in American Politics: Reflections and Future Directions,” (Editor and contributor). Polity
Susan E. Orr. 2007. Entries on “National Labor Relations Act”, and “Jones v Laughlin” in Encyclopedia of Political History, CQ Press, Washington DC.
Susan E. Orr and Michael Hoover. 2006. “Youth Political Engagement: Why Rock the Vote Hits the Wrong Note” in Dan Shea and John Green eds. Fountain of Youth: Strategies and Tactics for Engaging Young American Voters. Boulder, Rowman and Littlefield.
Raymond LaRaja, Susan E. Orr and Daniel A. Smith. 2006. “Surviving BCRA: State Party Finance in 2004” in John Green and Daniel Coffey, The State of the Parties (5th Edition). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield
Kenneth Wald, Richard Scher, Matthew DeSantis, and Susan E. Orr. 2005. “Fight for Florida: The Christian Right in Florida in the 2004 Election.” in John C Green, Clyde Wilcox and Mark J. Rozell eds. God and the Grassroots. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
Susan Orr. 2005. Review of Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. Public Integrity, V7 no. 3