Publications - Ruben J. Garcia



Ruben J. Garcia, Critical Wage Theory: Why a Higher Minimum Wage is Necessary for Racial Justice (University of California Press, forthcoming).

Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, Matthew W. Finkin, Ruben J. Garcia & Jason R. Bent, Legal Protection for the Individual Employee (6th ed. 2021).

Ruben J. Garcia, Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection (N.Y.U. Press 2012), reviewed in Sameer M. Ashar, Book Review, 47 L. & Soc'y Rev. 982 (2013); Recent Publications, 34 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 155 (2013); George Lafferty, From the Middle to the Margins: Addressing Job Insecurity, Income Inequality and Social Fragmentation, 29 Work, Emp. & Soc'y 354 (2015).


Book Contributions

Ruben J. Garcia, The FAA and the LMRA at the Margins: Workers of Color Caught Between Collectivism and Individualism, in The Federal Arbitration Act: Successes, Failures, and a Roadmap for Reform (Richard Bales & Jill Gross eds., Cambridge Univ. Press forthcoming 2025) (edited collection with 20 other prominent labor and arbitration scholars).

Ruben J. Garcia, Politically Engaged Unionism: The Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegasin The Cambridge Handbook of U.S. Labor Law for the Twenty-First Century (Richard Bales & Charlotte Garden eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2019).



Ruben J. Garcia, Pandémie et travail de plateforme: réglementation du « lieu de travail » après le Covid-19 aux USA [The Gig and The Platform: Regulating the “Workplace” After the Pandemic], Revue de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale [J. Compar. Lab. & Soc. Sec. L.], Apr. 2023 at 214 (Fr.).

Ruben J. Garcia, The Human Right to Workplace Safety in a Pandemic, 64 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 113 (2021).

Ruben J. Garcia, Building Worker Collective Action Through Technology, 63 St. Louis U. L.J. 25 (2020).

Ruben J. Garcia, Foreword: The Labor Constitution in 2020, 24 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J.  1 (2020).

Ruben J. Garcia, Right to Work Laws: Ideology and Impact, 15 Ann. Rev. L. & Soc. Sci. 509 (2019) (peer reviewed).

Ruben J. Garcia, The Thirteenth Amendment and Minimum Wage Laws, 19 Nev. L.J. 479 (2018).

Ruben J. Garcia, The Legal Landscape of the Global Gig Economy, 22 Perspectives on Work 26 (2018).

Ruben J. Garcia, Five Myths About Public Sector Labor Law in Nevada, 2 Nev. Prac. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 38 (2017).

Ruben J. Garcia, Where's the Power? Defamation and Wrongful Interference in the Restatement of Employment Law, 21 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 563 (2017).

Ruben J. Garcia, Politics at Work After Citizens United, 49 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1 (2016).

Ruben J. Garcia, "An Equally Divided Court": Workplace Law in the U.S. Supreme Court 2015-2016 , 20 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J.  197 (2016).



Ruben J. Garcia, Workplace Law in the Tenth Term of the Roberts Court:  Reading Between the Usual Ideological Lines, 19 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 125 (2015).

Ruben J. Garcia & Olympia Duhart, With Every Curse, There Comes a Wish: Legal Education in a Time of Change, 16 Nev. L.J. 143 (2015).

Ruben J. Garcia, Introduction, Democracy at Work, 14 Nev. L.J. 305 (2014).

Ruben J. Garcia, Citizenship at Work: How the Supreme Court Politically Marginalized Public Employees, 14 Nev. L. J. 377 (2014).

Ruben J. Garcia, Ten Years after Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. V. NLRB: The Power of a Labor Law Symbol, 21 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 659 (2012).

Ruben J. Garcia, Foreword: The Workplace Law Agenda of the Obama Administration, 16 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 1 (2012).

Ruben J. Garcia, Toward Fundamental Change for the Protection of Low-Wage Workers: The “Workers’ Rights are Human Rights” Debate in the Obama Era, 2009 U. Chi. Legal F. 421.

Ruben J. Garcia, Against Legislation: Garcetti v. Ceballos and the Paradox of Statutory Protection for Public Employees, 7 First Amendment L. Rev. 22 (2008).

Ruben J. Garcia, A Democratic Theory of Amicus Advocacy, 35 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 315 (2008).

Ruben J. Garcia, Foreword, Confronting the Rights Deficit at Home and Abroad, 43 Cal. W. L. Rev. 1 (2006).

Ruben J. Garcia, From North to South Country: Race, Gender and Immigration and the Role of Unions in the Sanitized Workplace, 29 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 55 (2006).

Ruben J. Garcia, Labor as Property: Guestworkers, International Trade, and the Democracy Deficit, 10 J. Gender Race & Just. 27 (2006).

Ruben J. Garcia, Labor’s Fragile Freedom of Association Post-9/11, 8 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 283 (2006) reprinted in Workplace Discrimination, Privacy, and Security in an Age of Terrorism, Proceedings of New York University 55th Annual Conference on Labor (Matthew Bodie & Samuel Estreicher eds., Wolters Kluwer 2008).

Ruben J. Garcia, Symposium, Legal Reform: The Role of Public Institutions and Legal Culture, 35 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. 237 (2005).

Ruben J. Garcia, Transnationalism as a Social Movement Strategy: Institutions, Actors and International Labor Standards, 10 U.C. Davis J. Int’l L. & Pol’y 1 (2003).

Ruben J. Garcia, Ghost Workers in an Interconnected World: Going Beyond the Dichotomies of Domestic Immigration and Labor Laws, 36 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 737 (2003) reprinted in 24 Immigr. & Nat'lity L. Rev. 415 (2003).

Ruben J. Garcia, Across the Borders: Immigrant Status and Identity in Law and LatCrit Theory, 55 Fla. L. Rev. 511 (2003).

Ruben J. Garcia, New Voices at Work: Race and Gender Identity Caucuses in the U.S. Labor Movement, 54 Hastings L.J. 79 (2002).


Commentaries, Essays, and Reviews

Ruben J. Garcia, The Supreme Court Lashes Out at Unions—Again. Why Union Elections Are Not Like Other Elections, Wash. Monthly, June 30, 2021.

Ruben J. Garcia, Teaching Problem-Solving and Preventive Law Skills through International Labour and Employment Law, 25 Int’l J. Comp. Lab. L. & Indus. Rel. 15 (2009).

Ruben J. Garcia, Commentary, Economic Analysis of Labor and Employment Law in the New Economy: Proceedings of the 2008 Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools, Section on Law and Economics, 12 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 327, 366 (2008).

Ruben J. Garcia, Comment, Critical Race Theory and Proposition 187: The Racial Politics of Immigration Law, 17 Chicano-Latino L. Rev. 118 (1995), reprinted in The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader 118 (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., N.Y.U. Press 1998).


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