Michael M. Oswalt
Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., Haverford College
M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies), Duke University
J.D., Duke University
Phone: (815) 753-2066
Professor Michael M. Oswalt joins the NIU law faculty in fall 2013 teaching primarily in the areas of labor and employment. Professor Oswalt’s research focuses on the relationship between law and activism, particularly how legal and other regimes transform the possibilities for engagement in civic and institutional arenas, including the workplace. His work has appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review (with Catherine Fisk), and the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies.
Professor Oswalt graduated from Haverford College and holds a joint degree in law and theology from Duke University’s Law and Divinity Schools. At Duke Law he was a member of the Duke Law Journal and served as Note Editor for the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy. After law school he clerked on the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge, now Justice, Sonia Sotomayor. Most recently Professor Oswalt was a law fellow for the Service Employees International Union where he provided counsel to a variety of low wage worker organizing campaigns. He is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has been active in a number of IAF-affiliated community organizing networks.
- When Courts Stop Strikes Before They Start: Why Workers and the Public Lose, Huffington Post (Feb. 13, 2014)
- Labor's New Strike-First Strategy, Chicago Sun-Times (Sep. 10, 2013).