David Weil

Visiting Democracy Senior Fellow, AY23-24;
Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project AY2018-2023

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Professor David Weil is the Dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project. Before joining Brandeis University, he was the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama as the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor, where he served until January 2017. He is an internationally recognized expert in employment and labor market policy; regulation; transparency policy and digital empowerment; and the impacts of supply-chain and industry restructuring on employment, work outcomes, and business performance. Prior to his government appointment, he served as an advisor to other federal and state regulatory agencies as well as to international organizations and several countries on issues of the workplace. He also has worked as a mediator and strategic advisor to labor/management groups and labor unions in the US and other countries. Weil has written five books, including The Fissured Workplace (Harvard University Press, 2014) and Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (Cambridge University Press, 2007, with Archon Fung and Mary Graham). He has also authored over 100 articles and chapters. His research has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Weil earned a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a master’s in public policy at the Kennedy School and a PhD in public policy at Harvard.