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About Kati Griffith

Professor Griffith is Associate Professor of Labor & Employment Law at Cornell's ILR School and a Research Fellow affiliated with NYU’s Center for Labor & Employment Law. Griffith's scholarship focuses primarily on the intersection of immigration and workplace law at the subfederal, federal and international levels. She has published in both social science and legal journals and is a co-author (along with Michael Harper and Samuel Estreicher) of the textbook Labor Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems, 8th Edition (Walters Kluwer). She teaches courses on labor & employment law, immigration law and legal issues affecting low-wage and contingent workforces. She has twice received a Cornell ILR MacIntyre Award for Exemplary Teaching and was selected by a Merrill Presidential Scholar in 2010 as the faculty member who had the most positive influence on his education at Cornell University.

Griffith joined Cornell’s ILR faculty in the Fall of 2007 after completing a Skadden Fellowship as a Staff Attorney at the Workers’ Rights Law Center of New York, Inc. in New York’s Hudson Valley. Prior to the Skadden Fellowship, Griffith served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is a cum laude graduate of NYU School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Public Interest Scholar, received the Sol D. Kapelsohn Prize for highest excellence in writing in the field of labor law and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change. Before earning her J.D. from NYU, Griffith conducted research on women workers and labor law in Mexico as a Rotary Scholar and in El Salvador as a Fulbright Scholar.


August 2012 - Present Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Cornell University ILR School Labor Relations, Law and History
2007 - 2012 Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Cornell University, ILR School ‐ Labor Relations, Law and History

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Fellow, Deportation Relief Project, Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Research Fellow, NYU Center for Labor & Employment Law, NYU Law School
  • MacIntyre Award for Exemplary Teaching, Cornell ILR
  • Faculty Fellow, Immigration Project, Cornell Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Skadden Fellow (Workers’ Rights Law Center of New York, Inc.)
  • Root-Tilden Public Interest Law Scholar, NYU Law School
  • Rotary International Scholar, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Fulbright Scholar, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • National Security Education Program Scholar, Santiago, Chile


  • Work, Labor and Capital in the Global Economy
  • Seminar on Precarious Work
  • Low Wage Workers and the Law
  • Introduction to Labor and Employment Law
  • Freshman Colloquium
  • Employment Discrimination and the Law

Contact Information

Ives Hall Faculty Wing, Room 371
(f) 607-255-6840


Articles (13)

Contributions to Books (2)