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Political Economy


Why Unions Matter

• Martin Hart-Landsberg—Professor Emeritus of Economics, Lewis & Clark College, and Chair of Portland Rising (a Jobs with Justice committee)

• Scott Cheesewright—SEIU local 49 Assistant Director of Property Services and Lewis & Clark College graduate, class of 2009.

Stagnating income, declining wealth, soaring inequality, growing economic insecurity, falling life expectancy—-and that is after more than a decade of economic expansion!

Come learn why unions matter if you value social justice, good jobs, and healthy communities

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 3:30-4:30 pm, JRHH 102


Challenging the “Perfect Commodity”: Bottled Water, Commodification, and Contestation

Lecture and Discussion with Daniel Jaffee, Associate Professor of Sociology, Portland State University - Over the past four decades, bottled water has transformed from a niche object into a ubiquitous consumer product, which recently surpassed soft drinks as the most-consumed beverage in the U.S.  This commodity is situated at the nexus of debates over the social and environmental impacts of the commodification of nature and the dynamics of countermovements to neoliberal globalization. The $200 billion global bottled water industry, dominated by four transnational agri-food corporations, has generated substantial opposition to its extraction of water for bottling in communities in both the global North and South.  Drawing on research in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., this talk explores the political economy of bottled water, the terms of contestation over the industry’s water use, and the implications for water justice.

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 3:30- 5pm


International Political Economy and the Environment

ENVS symposium keynote speaker Sunita Narain will be joining Elizabeth Bennett’s International Political Economy class for a conversation about the intersection of environmental studies and international political economy. Dr. Narain has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) since 1982. She is currently the director general of the Centre and the treasurer of the Society for Environmental Communications and editor of the magazine Down to Earth. ALL STUDENTS interested in political economy are invited!

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 8-9:30am


Real-World Experiences in Political Economy: Jobs, Undergraduate Research, and Internships


  1. Jobs: Ellen Schwartz, IA/PE 2017 - Transparentum
  2. Research: Addy Grohs and Cole Harris - 
    1. Gilman Fellowship 
    2. Dinah Dodds project - banking in Tanzania
    3. Student-faculty collaborative research - Cannabis project with Elizabeth Bennett
  3. Internship: Nicole Godbout - Columbia Sportswear Corporate Social Responsibility

 Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 3:30-4:30pm


Why Unions Matter

With Marty Hart-Landsberg, Executive Board Member, Portland Jobs with Justice, and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Lewis & Clark College; Hyung Nam, high school social studies teacher and member of the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT); Zane Dundon, LC class of ’18, (Political Science/Political Economy) and summer 2017 Organizing Intern for union UNITE HERE, Local

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6-7:15pm


Careers in IPE

With Kristy Mayer, Analytics Manager at Simple (with previous work experience at the World Bank, US Treasury, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York), and Rocky Campbell, Director of the Career Center

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Brexit, the EU and the US: An Example of De-Globalization?

With Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the United States

(co-sponsored with International Affairs)

Friday, October 27, 2017


Immigration, Protest, and Latino Identity Politics

A conversation with Dr. Heather Silber Mohamed, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where she teaches courses on American government, Latino politics, women and politics, research methods, and the politics of food

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Political Economy of Inequality in the American Housing Market

With Karen Gibson, Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University

Thursday, April 7, 2016


What is Political Economy?

With the Lewis & Clark political economy faculty

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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