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 joined the NIU College of Law faculty in fall 2013 and teaches primarily in the areas of labor and employment. His 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. Professor Oswalt’s work has appeared in the UC Irvine Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review (with Catherine Fisk), the Duke Law Journal, and the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies. His most recent article, Improvisational Unionism, focuses on strikes in the retail and fast food industries and will be published in the California Law Review.
Professor Oswalt graduated from Haverford College and has degrees in law and theology from Duke University. At Duke Law he was a member of the Duke Law Journal and served as Notes 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.
- Improvisational Unionism, 104 California Law Review (forthcoming 2016).
- Automatic Elections, 4 U.C. Irvine Law Review 801 (2014).
- 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).