Dan Marschall

Daniel Marschall

Professorial Lecturer
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Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington DC,
Phone: 202-508-6932
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Sociology of Work and Occupations, Urban Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, Ethnography, Workforce Development Policy

Daniel Marschall started teaching at GW in 2006. He works as the Legislative and Policy Specialist for Workforce Issues at the national AFL-CIO in Washington, DC. His involvement in the nation’s employment and training system goes back to the 1980s, when he was the head of the Dislocated Worker Program for the State of Ohio. He worked as a Legislative Director for a Member of Congress when the Workforce Investment Act was passed in 1998. He has a Master’s degree in communication from Georgetown University and a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University, UK. At the AFL-CIO he handles legislation and policy related to the federal workforce development system, Trade Adjustment Assistance, layoff aversion, unemployment insurance, and approaches to worker adjustment. He is also a founding member of the Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN). He is the author of The Company We Keep (Temple University Press, 2012) which is based upon his ethnographic research in the occupational community of software developers.


PhD Lancaster University (United Kingdom), 2006

MA Georgetown University, 2001
Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT) Program


2012. The Company We Keep: Occupational Community in the High-Tech Network Society. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

2012. "The Institutionalization of Workplace Learning in American Unions: Innovations for New Work Systems and Labor Movement Renewal." In Richard Cooney and Mark Stuart, eds. Trade Unions and Workplace Training: Issues and International Perspectives. London: Routledge.

2010. "Joint Union-Management Workforce Development Model." In David Finegold, et al., eds. Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System: Lessons from Research and Practice. Champaign, IL: Labor and Employment Relations Association. Co-author: Ellen Scully-Russ.

2010. Outsourced. Sending Jobs Overseas: The Cost to America’s Economy and Working Families. Washington, DC: Working America. Co-author: Laura Clawson.

2006. "The Persistence of Workplace Ideology and Identity across Communicative Contexts." Journal of Applied Linguistics 3: 1. Co-author: Dr. Colleen Cotter.

2002. "Internet Technologists as an Occupational Community: Ethnographic Evidence." Information, Communication & Society 5: 1.

2002. “Ideological Discourses in the Making of Internet Career Sites.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communications 7: 4, July.

Classes Taught

SOC 1001 – Introduction to Sociology
SOC 2111 – Qualitative Methodology: Field Research
SOC 2169 – Urban Sociology
SOC 6252 – Sociology of Work and Occupations