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Pamela Izvănariu

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law


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As a legal and sociological scholar, Professor Pamela Izvănariu uses historical, legal, and empirical methodologies to investigate both historical and contemporary questions on law, labor, inequality, and social movements. At one end, her research examines the unrecognized movement lawyering, mobilization, and empirical methods of John P. Davis as he exposed and challenged discriminatory labor and employment law in the early New Deal. At the other, it explores the impact of platform-based companies and emerging platform-based worker law on the lives of workers in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Her current research includes an examination of platform-based work law and work that builds on multi-year ethnographic research in South Florida.

Professor Izvănariu’s work has been published in top-tier law review and peer-reviewed journals, including Michigan Journal on Race & Law, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Her work as an educator has been recognized by the Kennedy Center, which awarded Professor Izvănariu the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award in 2016.

Prior to joining the University of Dayton, Professor Izvănariu 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.


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
Family Law
Feminist Legal Theory
International and Comparative Law
Labor Law
Critical Race Theory
Law and Society

Selected Publications

Black Labor Movement Lawyering in the Early New Deal, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 28, Issue 2 (Forthcoming, Spring 2023)

Contesting Racial Wages, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy Vol. 30, Issue III (Forthcoming, Spring 2023)

Plataformas Digitales y el Derecho del Trabajo: un Análisis Comparativo y una Guía para el Futuro, with Federico Rosenbaum Carli, Revista Jurídica del Trabajo, Vol. 3 Núm. 8 (2022)

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