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About Alexander Colvin

Alexander Colvin is the Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is an associate member of the Cornell Law Faculty and Associate Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. His research and teaching focuses on employment dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on procedures in nonunion workplaces and the impact of the legal environment on organizations. His current research projects include an empirical investigation of the outcomes of employment arbitration and a cross-national study of labor and employment law change in the Anglo-American countries. He has published articles in journals such as Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Personnel Psychology, Relations Industrielles, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, and the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is also co-author (with Harry C. Katz and Thomas A. Kochan) of the textbook An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations, 4th edition (Irwin-McGraw-Hill).

Prof. Colvin received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in 1999 from Cornell University. He received the 2003 Outstanding Young Scholar Award from the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) and the 2000 Best Dissertation Award from the IRRA for his dissertation entitled “Citizens and Citadels: Dispute Resolution and the Governance of Employment Relations”. Before joining the faculty of the ILR School in 2008, he taught at Penn State University from 1999-2008.


2013 - Present Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution, Cornell University ILR School Department of Labor Relations, Law and History
2009 - 2013 Chairperson of the Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History, Cornell University ILR School
2008 - 2012 Associate Professor, Cornell University ILR School Labor Relations, Law and History
2005 - 2008 Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University ‐ Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations
1999 - 2005 Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University ‐ Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) Outstanding Young Scholar Award, 2003
  • Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) Best Dissertation Award, 2000


  • ILRLR 7090: Labor and Employment Law Policy Seminar
  • ILRLR 7070: Seminar on Dispute Resolution
  • ILRIC 6333: Comparative Labor and Employment Law
  • ILRLR 6012: Managing and Resolving Conflict
  • ILRLR 2050: Collective Bargaining

Contact Information

Cornell University, ILR School
454 ILR Research Building
Garden Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
Tel: 607.254.8206


Articles, Book Chapters, and Conference Papers (35)