Cornell University

Alex Colvin : Biography

Alex Colvin is Professor of Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is also the Associate Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.  His research and teaching focuses on employment dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on procedures in nonunion workplaces and the impact of the legal environment on organizations. Among his research activities is involvement in a multi-year research project on work and employment in the telecommunications industry. His current research projects include an empirical investigation of the outcomes of employment arbitration and a cross-national study of labor and employment law change in the Anglo-American countries. He has published articles in journals such as Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Relations Industrielles, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, and the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy.  He is also co-author (with Harry C. Katz and Thomas A. Kochan) of the textbook An Introduction to Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations, 4 th edition (Irwin-McGraw-Hill).


Prof. Colvin received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in 1999 from Cornell University. He received the 2003 Outstanding Young Scholar Award from the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA) and the 2000 Best Dissertation Award from the IRRA for his dissertation entitled "Citizens and Citadels: Dispute Resolution and the Governance of Employment Relations". Before joining the faculty of the ILR School in 2008, he taught at Penn State University from 1999-2008.