Lucas A Franco
Lucas Franco is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Minnesota. His subfields include comparative politics and American politics. He holds a Masters in Philosophy in Peace Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University. Before he joined the PhD program at the University of Minnesota, Lucas worked as a labor organizer and researcher for the hotel and restaurant workers union in Seattle, Washington, Unite Here Local 8. His dissertation research focuses on issues of comparative political economy and comparative labor politics. In particular, he explores the factors contributing to the growth of non-standard forms of labor, how the expansion of this type of work impacts workers, and how labor unions and community justice organizations in the U.S. and Europe are responding to a steady transformation of the structure of work. Further, he seeks to explore why unions have responded to these challenges differently across various labor market contexts. He also has a broad research interest in Scandinavian politics, the fissuring of work, and labor union revitalization in advanced democratic countries.