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Paul Clark

Paul Clark

School Director and Professor, Labor and Employment Relations

503F Keller Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0752

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  1. PhD: University of Pittsburgh, Labor and Industrial Relations/ Public Administration


Paul F. Clark is Director and Professor of the School of Labor and Employment Relations.  Clark's research interests include employment relations in the U.S. healthcare industry; the globalization of the labor market for healthcare professionals; union structure, government and administration; and union member commitment and participation. He has worked with numerous local and national unions on research projects and regularly serves as a speaker/workshop instructor for labor education programs. He is the author of four books, including Building More Effective Unions, published by Cornell ILR Press in 2001. His research has also appeared in the leading scholarly journals in industrial and labor relations and applied psychology. Clark serves as the Director of the M.S. and M.P.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations program at Penn State and regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on industrial relations, labor law, and labor and globalization. He holds a Masters degree from the Cornell ILR School and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Clark has also taught labor education programs for local officers and activists from a wide variety of unions for 25 years and has worked on research projects with the United Mine Workers, United Steelworkers, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.


Clark, Paul F. Building More Effective Unions, 2nd Edition. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell ILR Press, 2009. Available from or Cornell Press. For information on using the new 2nd edition in training programs or workshops and for multiple-copies discounts, click here.



Clark, Paul F., Howard Stanger, and Ann Frost (eds.). 2013. Collective Bargaining Under Duress: Case Studies of Major North American Industries. Ithaca, NY: Cornell ILR Press, 2013. Available from or Cornell Press.

Recent publications include:


Clark, Paul F., Lois S. Gray, and Paul Whitehead.  “The Evolution of Administrative Practices in American Unions:  Results from a Twenty-Year Study.” Monthly Labor Review, In Press.

 Clark, Paul F., Ariel C. Avgar, Julie A. Sadler, and Wonjoon Chung.  In press. "Labor-Management Partnership and Employee Voice: Evidence from the Healthcare Setting,"Industrial Relations (forthcoming 2016).

Clark, Paul F.  2013. “Health Care: Collective Bargaining’s Growing Role in a Time of Transition.” Chapter in Howard Stanger, Paul F. Clark, and Ann Frost (eds.).  Collective Bargaining Under Duress:  Case Studies of Major North American Industries. Ithaca, NY:  Cornell ILR Press, pp. 119-164.

Clark, Paul F., Howard Stanger, and Ann Frost (eds.).  2013.  Collective Bargaining Under Duress:  Case Studies of Major North American Industries. Ithaca, NY:  Cornell ILR Press, 2013.

Clark, Paul F.  2013. “The State of Unions in the American Healthcare Industry,” Perspectives on Work, Labor and Employment Relations Association, November, pp. 23-26.

Clark, Paul F. and Julie Sadler.  2010.  “Labor Unions and Labor Markets.”  Chapter in 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook. Rhona C. Free (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications, pp. 163-173.  

Clark, Paul F.  2009.  Building More Effective Unions, 2nd Edition.  Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell ILR Press.

Clark, Paul F. and Lois S. Gray. 2008.   “Administrative Practices in American Unions: A Longitudinal Study.”  Journal of Labor Research , Volume 29, Number 1, March, pp.42-55.