Michael M. Oswalt has been named an assistant professor of law at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he will teach in the areas of labor and employment law, beginning this semester.
Oswalt was most recently a law fellow for the Service Employees International Union in Washington, D.C., where he provided legal counsel to a variety of low wage worker organizing campaigns.
Before joining SEIU, Oswalt clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was then a judge on the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Oswalt’s scholarly research focuses on the relationship between law and activism, particularly how legal and other regimes transform the possibilities for engagement in civic and institutional areas, including the workplace. His current project considers the impact of workplace culture on the frequency of National Labor Relations Board representation elections.
Oswalt received a J.D. and a Master of Theological Studies (2008) from Duke University and a B.A. in Psychology (2000) from Haverford College.