Department Chair:
Marc Blecher

Administrative Assistant:
Tracy Tucker

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8487
Fax: (440) 775-8898

Rice Hall, Room 216
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Chris Howell

Chris Howell


Contact Information


Rice Hall 230
(440) 775-8649

Chris Howell

Chris Howell

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College, Cambridge University, 1983
  • Master of Arts, Yale University, 1985
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1989

Curriculum Vitae

Office Hours

Spring 2016: Monday 10:30-12:00 Wednesday 1:30-3:00 or by appointment. Sign up for appointments here. 

Teaching Interests

Political Economy, Welfare State, Comparative Politics, West European Politics, British and French Politics, Trade Unions and Industrial Relations, Gender and Political Economy.

Research Interests

Comparative Political Economy, Trade Unions and Industrial Relations, Social Democratic and Labor Parties.

Recent Publications

“Regulating Class in the Neoliberal Era: The Role of the State in the Restructuring of Work and Employment Relations” for Work, Employment and Society. DOI: 10.1177/0950017015595954. Forthcoming 30:4 (August 2016), pp. 1-17.

“Varieties of Capitalism Face the Ubiquity of Liberalization” Socio-Economic Review 13:2 (April 2015).

“The Changing Relationship Between Labor and the State in Contemporary Capitalism” Law, Culture and the Humanities 11:1 (February 2015), pp 6-16.

“A Common Neoliberal Trajectory: The Transformation of Industrial Relations in Advanced Capitalism” (co-author Lucio Baccaro), Politics & Society 39:4 (December 2011), pp. 521-564.

“Rethinking Institutions and Institutional Change in European Industrial Relations” (co-author Rebecca Kolins Givan), British Journal of Industrial Relations 49:2 (June 2011), pp. 231-255.

“Lifting the Curse of Dimensionality: A Europeanist's Perspective,” Labor History 50: 3 (August 2009).

“The Transformation of French Industrial Relations: Labor Representation and the State in a Post-Dirigiste Age”, Politics & Society 37: 2 (June 2009).

“Between State and Market: Crisis and Transformation in French Industrial Relations” in Alistair Cole, Patrick Le Gales and Jonah Levy, eds., Developments in French Politics 4 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

“The British Variety of Capitalism: Institutional Change, Industrial Relations and British Politics” British Politics, 2: 2 (July 2007).

“The State and the Reconstruction of Industrial Relations After Fordism: Britain and France Compared,” in Jonah D. Levy, ed., The State After Statism: New State Activities in the Age of Globalization and Liberalization (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006).

Trade Unions and the State: Constructing Industrial Relations Institutions in Britain, 1890-2000 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).