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.
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 co-coordinator
of the LAUNCH mentoring program for minority students, and serve on the steering committee
for the Institute for Engaged Learning. Beyond campus I have served 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.
I co-chaired the Political Theory section of the 2014 Southern Political Science Association
Susan Orr and Dena Levy. 2014. “Balancing the Books: Analyzing the Impact of a Federal
Budget Deliberative Simulation on Student Learning and Opinion” Journal of Political Science Education, Volume 10, Issue 1 (p62-80)
Susan Orr. 2013. “The Civic Institute Relocated: Designing a Syllabus for Undergraduate
Students at a Public University” The Good Society, Volume 22, Number 2, 2013 (p172-186)
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”
inEncyclopedia 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 Tacics 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