Research Interests: Political Economy, Capitalism, Labor, Socialism, Cities, System Change
Advisor: Dr. Ida Susser
Erik Forman is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He uses militant research techniques to engage with the double movement of capitalist reorganization and social resistance in the platform economy and other contexts. With the support of The Workers Lab and Capital Impact Partners, he organized a participatory action research project with Uber drivers in New York City that led to the creation of Co-op Ride, the first ridehailing platform co-op in the United States. In another collaboration, Erik worked with members of IBEW Local #3 who have been on strike against Spectrum for over four years to launch People’s Choice Communications, a worker-owned Internet Service Provider. Though a new class he created at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, he is engaging building trades workers and other stakeholders in a community design studio to envision a new, non-gentrifying paradigm of housing development. Erik is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at the New School, and teaches at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies and Fordham University. His writing has appeared in Dissent, In These Times, The New Inquiry, Labor Notes, and other venues, and in very short form at http://twitter.com/_erikforman.