Daniel Gitterman


Daniel Gitterman is the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Professor Gitterman received a B.A. from Connecticut College, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. Gitterman was an Exchange Scholar at the Harvard University Ph.D. program in Health Policy and completed a National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley. He has received the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the John L. Sanders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Service at Carolina. He serves as Chair  of the Department of Public Policy, and Director of the Honors Carolina Burch Field Research Seminar in Domestic and International Affairs (Washington, DC). At Carolina, he has received fellowships from the Institute of Arts and Humanities (Academic Leadership Program) and the Global Research Institute (inaugural program Globalization, the Economic Crisis and the Future of North Carolina). In 2013, Gitterman was inducted into The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an award bestowed by the Governor to North Carolina citizens in recognition of a proven record of service to the state.

Gitterman’s research interests include: the American welfare state and politics of social policy, and the political economy of globalization and labor standards. His book, Boosting Paychecks: The Politics of Supporting America’s Working Poor, published by Brookings Institution Press, examines the role of federal income tax and minimum wage in supporting low-income working families in the United States. Gitterman has published on the politics of globalization and labor standards, including “European Integration and Labor Market Cooperation: A Comparative Regional Perspective” and “A Race to the Bottom, a Race to the Top or the March to a Minimum Floor? Economic Integration and Labor Standards.”

He is co-author/editor (with Peter A. Coclanis) of A Way Forward: Building a Globally Competitive South, published by the Global Research Institute and distributed as an e-book by UNC Press, and “Moving Beyond Plato Versus Plumbing: Toward Individualized Education and Career Passways for All North Carolinians” a discussion paper released by the Global Research Institute.

As part of the GRI’s 2013-14 theme, Making Scarce Water Work for All, Gitterman and Peter Coclanis are working on a project entitled Blue Jobs for North Carolina, which explores  some of the conceptual connections between water and economic development, with a specific focus on the creation and expansion of ‘blue jobs’ in North Carolina. A range of recent research has shown that adequate public investment in water infrastructure ensures safe and reliable water and wastewater systems to attract and retain industry, business, and qualified workers, which are essential to economic growth.

For more, see http://gitterman.web.unc.edu/



Dan Gitterman receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from UNC President Tom Ross