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Jacob M. Grumbach

Associate Professor of Political Science, Goldman School Of Public Policy

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About Jacob

Grumbach’s current research looks at how groups like businesses and labor unions are able to influence policy at different levels of government – local, state, and national. His other interests include race and social class in American government, economic policy, and the politics of climate change. During high school and college, Grumbach worked as a busboy and restaurant host, and later interned with the hotel and restaurant workers union UNITE-HERE! Local 2. Grumbach was also active in the Occupy Wall Street movement.


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Guest on The Ezra Klein Show/The New York Times, December 6, 2022.
Opinion: "An Excitingly Simple Solution to Youth Turnout, for the Primaries and Beyond," Jacob M. Grumbach (with Charlotte Hill), The New York Times, June 26, 2019.
Quoted by Sahil Chinoy and Jessia Ma in "How Every Member Got to Congress," The New York Times, January 26, 2019.
Research discussed by Lydia DePillis, in "How Growing Up Poor Changes Politicians," The Washington Post, May 6, 2015.


"Labor Unions and White Racial Politics" (with Paul Frymer). American Journal of Political Science 65, no. 1 (2021): 225-240.

Elaborates on Labor Unions and White Racial Politics. Uses panel data from the 2010s to argue that labor union membership increases racial toleration and support for civil rights causes among white workers.