March 9, 2015 – Professor Noah Zatz was awarded a John Randolph Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellowship for his project proposal, “Precarious Work in the Shadow of Mass Incarceration.” His proposed research will focus on two crises of inequality in Los Angeles: impoverishing, insecure employment often called “precarious work,” and “mass incarceration” shaped by severe racial disparities. While these are often treated as separate phenomena, Professor Zatz’s project will explore a potentially important but overlooked connection: how the power to punish can produce and validate precarious work.
Professor Zatz joined the UCLA Law faculty in 2004 and his interests include employment and labor law, welfare law and antipoverty policy, work/family issues, feminist legal and social theory and liberal political theory. His writing and teaching addresses how work structures both inequality and social citizenship in the modern welfare state.
As a teacher, Professor Zatz is particularly committed to training public interest lawyers and to engaging students with law’s possibilities both as an instrument of injustice and as a contributor to emancipatory social change. He is an active participant in the law school’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies Program.
Before entering law teaching, Professor Zatz was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in New York City. As a NELP staff attorney, he represented low-income individuals and community organizations in matters at the interface between the low-wage workplace and the welfare system.
Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis to faculty members in the Southern California region. The competitive fellowships are given for proposals that are well-conceived, imaginative and break new ground on economic, social and political problems.