Graduate Students

NYU’s Grad-Student Union Succeeded. Cornell’s Flopped. Why?

Photo by Noah Berger

Robb Willer, now a professor at Stanford, led a graduate-student-unionization drive at Cornell back in 2002. Students voted more than 2 to 1 against it.
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Both Michael Gasper and Robb Willer felt powerless.

At New York University, Mr. Gasper’s stipend in his history Ph.D. program, as he recalls it, was about $8,000 a year, a meager amount to live on in New York City, even in the late 1990s. At...

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