Chris Howell is the James Monroe Professor of Politics at Oberlin College. He did his undergraduate work in History at Trinity College, Cambridge University, before pursuing graduate work in the United States. He received an M.A in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. He joined the Politics Department at Oberlin College in 1989. He is the recipient of a German Marshall Research Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant.
Chris’s research is in the fields of comparative politics, comparative political economy and industrial relations. He has published numerous articles on labor politics, comparative political economy and left parties in Western Europe, and three books: Trajectories of Neoliberal Transformation: European Industrial Relations Since the 1970s (with Lucio Bacccaro) with Cambridge University Press, Regulating Labor: The State and Industrial Relations Reform in France and Trade Unions and the State: Constructing Industrial Relations Institutions in Britain, 1890–2000, both with Princeton University Press. The latter won the 2006 Labor History prize for best book in labor studies.
In the United States, he has worked on labor organizing projects with the Cleveland Federation of Labor, Jobs with Justice, the Communication Workers of American and the Service Employees International Union.