Faculty Profiles

Katherine Stone

Katherine Stone

Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A. Harvard, 1970
J.D. Harvard, 1979
UCLA Law faculty since 2004

Professor Katherine Stone is a leading expert in labor and employment law in the United States. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2008 and a Russell Sage Fellowship for 2008-2009 for her work on the changing nature of employment and the regulatory implications. Her forthcoming book, Globalization and Flexibilization: The Remaking of the Employment Relationship in the 21st Century, will examine the changing employment landscape in Japan, Australia, and Europe.

Professor Stone has been a member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Law since 2004.  Previously, she was Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and Anne Evans Estabrook Professor of Dispute Resolution at Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She has also taught at Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, New York University Law School, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Professor Stone received her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.  She practiced law at Cohen Weiss & Simon and at Rabinowitz Boudin Standard Krinsky & Lieberman in New York City.

Professor Stone's recent book, From Widgets to Digits: Employment Regulation for the Changing Workplace (Cambridge University Press in 2004) won the 2005 Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association for the ÔÇťoutstanding book that best links scholarship to struggles for justice in the real world." The book was also the Finalist (Second Place) for the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.  Another book, Rethinking Comparative Labor Law: Bridging the Past and the Future (with Benjamin Aaron, eds.), was published in the fall, 2007. Earlier books by Professor Stone include Arbitration Law, 2 nd edition (Foundation Press, 2009) and Private Justice: Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Law (Foundation Press, 2000).

Other recent scholarship by Professor Stone includes: "A Labor Law for the Digital Era," 21 Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal 145 (2009); John R. Commons and the Origins of Legal Realism; or, the Other Tragedy of the Commons, in Transformations in American Legal History, (D. Hamilton & A. Brophy, eds.) (Harvard University Press, 2009);   "In the Shadow of Globalization: Changing Firm-Level and Shifting Employment Risks in the United States," in Globalization Comes Home: The Impact of Globalization on the United States, (Beverly Crawford, Michelle Bertho, & Edward Fogarty, eds., Praeger, 2008); "The Future of Labor and Employment Law in the United States," Encyclopedia of Labor and Employment Law and Economics (Elgar Publishing, Dau-Schmidt, et. al. eds., 2008); "A New Labor Law for a New World of Work: The Case for a Comparative-Transnational Approach," 28 Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal 565 (2007); "Revisiting the At-Will Doctrine: Imposed Terms, Implied Terms, and the Normative World of the Workplace," 36 Industrial Law Journal 84 (2007); "Legal Protections for Workers in Atypical Employment Relationships," 27 Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 251 (Fall, 2006); and "Flexibilization, Globalization and Privatization: Three Challenges to Labor Rights in Our Time," 44 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 77-104 (2006).

Professor Stone teaches courses in labor law, employment law, labor and social policy, contract law, and arbitration law. She is an active participant in a number of organizations and committees, including the Law and Society Association, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and the International Society of Labor Law and Social Security (Executive Board). She has served on the United Nations Committee of Experts for its Decent Work Initiative.

Professor Stone is the Founder and Editor of the Globalization and Labor Standards (GALS) Bibliographic Archive and Database, available at www.laborstandards.org , which includes abstracts of journal articles about international labor rights and global labor standards.