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White, Ahmed

Nicholas Rosenbaum Professor


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research overview

  • Professor White's research is primarily concerned with the role of coercion, including state-sponsored coercion, in the administration of labor rights in modern America. Much of his work is historical in focus, with an emphasis on the early 20th Century. He recently completed a book on the 1937 'Little Steel' Strike, a watershed moment in the course of the New Deal and the history of labor relations. He recently published another book, titled Under the Iron Heel, about repression and the destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World in the early Twentieth Century.


  • labor law, criminal law, labor history, social control


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courses taught

  • LAWS 5503 - Criminal Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Studies statutory and common law of crimes and defenses, the procedures by which the law makes judgments as to criminality of conduct, the purposes of criminal law, and the constitutional limits upon it.
  • LAWS 6511 - Labor Law
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Relates to labor unions and other collective aspects of employment, including the right of workers to form and join unions, to provoke collective bargaining and to strike and engage other forms of protest. Focuses on domestic law at the federal level and with a particular statute, the National Labor Relations Act, and the workings of particular agency, the National Labor Relations Board. Engages other sources of law, including constitutional law, as well as judicial decisions and other statues.
  • LAWS 6521 - Employment Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Entails a survey of employment-at-will, workplace safety, workplace torts; ERISA and retirement, workers' compensation; controls on hours and wages; health insurance; disability and unemployment compensation.
  • LAWS 8535 - Seminar: Class and Law
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Explores issues relating social class to such areas as labor relations, law enforcement, controls on radical movements and the distribution of wealth and power. Considers problems defining social class.


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