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Pamela Izvănariu, Associate Producer

Pamela's Biography

Pamela Izvănariu is a law and sociology scholar whose work and practice sit at the nexus between labor, immigration, and criminal justice; social and political inequality, power, and politics; and law and public policy. She is an Associate Producer for Grandma's Hands, currently under production. 


Her dissertation, Bootstrap Entrepreneurs, Just Law and Policy, and Other Fairytales of the Uber Economy is a “study through” of rideshare sector law and policy, which highlights the role of law and policy in the growing precariousness of American workers in the changing economy. She employs in-depth interviews, ethnographic observation, and legal analysis to illustrate how the dominant narrative used to describe the rideshare sector (and gig economy in general), which frames rideshare workers as entrepreneurs and independent contractors, and rideshare work as flexible and with good pay, is empirically wrong and legally damaging to the rights and welfare of workers. 


Ms. Izvănariu previously served as the Director of Florida International University’s Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy, and the Director of Research and Development at UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. She also holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law & Critical Race Studies from UCLA. She is the proud recipient of the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. 


Ms. Izvănariu has accepted a tenure track position at the University of Dayton for Fall of 2019. She will join the School of Law as an Assistant Professor, with a joint appointment in Sociology at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Short Bio

Pamela Izvănariu is a law and sociology scholar whose work and practice sit at the nexus between labor, immigration, and criminal justice; social and political inequality, power, and politics; and law and public policy. Beginning in Fall of 2019, she will be an Assistant Professor in the School of Law at Dayton University. 

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