Marion G. Crain

Interim Provost

Marion Crain is Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law.  She is an expert in labor and employment law and holds joint appointments (by courtesy) with the Brown School of Social Work, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences.  Her scholarship examines the relationships among gender, work, and class status with a particular emphasis on collective action, labor relations, and social movements.  She is the author, co-author or editor of a labor law casebook, an employment law casebook, two university press books and a commercial press book, as well as numerous law review articles and book chapters on labor and employment law, labor unionism, and the working poor.  Prior to her appointment as Interim Provost at Washington University Crain worked on interdisciplinary initiatives in various capacities, first as Faculty Fellow to the Provost from 2009-2012, and later as Vice Provost from 2012-2019.  She also served as Leader of the University Libraries from 2016-2017.  Professor Crain is a member and past Chair of the Labor Law Group, an international collective of labor and employment law professors who work collaboratively to improve labor and employment law pedagogy through the production of course materials, and serves on the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal.  Professor Crain received the David M. Becker Professor of the Year Award in 2009 for excellence in teaching.  Before joining Washington University’s faculty, Professor Crain served as the Paul Eaton Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she directed the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity and served as Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development.  She has previously taught or visited at the University of Michigan, George Washington University, Duke University, the University of Alabama, West Virginia University, and the University of Toledo.  Prior to entering law teaching, she practiced labor and employment law with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and clerked for the Hon. Arthur L. Alarcon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.