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Pamela Izvănariu

Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology

Full-Time Faculty

School of Law


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Professor Pamela Izvănariu joined the University of Dayton as part of the faculty in the School of Law and Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work in August 2019. Previously, she served as Director and faculty member of Florida International University’s Research Institute for Social and Economic Policy, and as the Director and faculty member of Research and Development at University of California, Los Angeles’ Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Professor Pamela Izvănariu is a recipient of the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.

Professor Izvănariu’s research interests sit at the nexus between innovation and technology; labor, immigration, and criminal justice; social and political inequality, power, and politics; and law and public policy. Her current research focuses heavily on the role of law and policy in innovation and technology, the "gig" economy, and the growing precariousness of American workers.


Ph.D., (abd) Sociology, City University New York, The Graduate Center
M.A., Sociology, City University New York, The Graduate Center
LL.M., International and Comparative Law and Critical Race Theory, UCLA School of Law
J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
B.A., English, DePaul University

Areas of Law

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
International and Comparative Law
Labor Law
Critical Race Theory
Law and Society

Selected Publications

Lesson from the Nordic model: The US perspective, with Jerome Lieberman, in Sustainable Modernity: The Nordic Model and Beyond, Edited By Nina Witoszek and Atle Midttun, Routledge, 2018.

Matters Settled But Not Resolved: Worker Misclassification in the Rideshare Sector, 66 DePaul L. Rev. (2016)

The Development of Sectoral Worker Center Networks, with Hector Cordero-Guzman and Victor Narro. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 647, Reconsidering the Urban Disadvantaged: The Role of Systems, Institutions, and Organizations (MAY 2013), pp. 102-123