César F. Rosado Marzán

Edward L. Carmody Professor of Law
Director, Graduate Programs & Visiting Scholars

Professor Rosado Marzán is an internationally recognized socio-legal scholar and award-winning author. At Iowa law he teaches contracts and various courses in labor and employment law.

Doctrinally, Prof. Rosado Marzán’s scholarship has focused on U.S., comparative, and international labor and employment law. Empirically, he has focused on studying institutions and organizations. These include labor inspectorates, labor courts, works councils, labor unions, worker centers, and wage boards. His doctrinal book, Principled Labor Law: U.S. Labor Law Through a Latin American Method (Oxford 2019) (with Sergio Gamonal C.) won the Simón Bolivar Prize for Best Juridical Work. He is also coauthor of Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace: Cases and Materials 4th ed. (West) (with Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, Roberto L. Corrada, Christopher David Ruiz Cameron, Michael M. Oswalt, and Rafael Gely). His current socio-legal book project on the moral economy of alt-labor explains how U.S. worker centers, groups with little money, small memberships, and thin staff, are expanding workers’ rights.

Prof. Rosado Marzán's articles and essays have appeared in Law & Social Inquiry, University of Chicago Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, University of Chicago Legal Forum, Chicago-Kent Law Review, American University Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, among other law reviews and journals in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Professor Rosado Marzán is a proud member of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico (Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico). He is on the Executive Committee of the Labor Law Group, a leading group of labor law scholars, and on the Steering Committee of the Labor Law Research Network, an international group of labor law academics. He is also an active member of the Law and Society Association and the American Sociological Association.

Prior to joining Iowa Law, Professor Rosado Marzán taught at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he also was Co-director of the Institute for Law of the Workplace. He has been a visiting faculty member or scholar at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Stockholm

University, the American Bar Foundation, and the Oñati Institute for the Sociology of Law. Before becoming a professor, he worked in New York City law firms representing labor unions and employees.

Professor Rosado Marzán currently lives in Iowa City with his wife, two sons, two dogs, and cat. 

His personal website can be found here.


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Research and Teaching: 

  • Contracts
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • International and Comparative Labor and Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Low Wage Workers
  • Moral Economies
  • Social Capital
  • Social Movements
  • Socio-legal methods


  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • American Sociological Association
  • Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico
  • International Sociological Association
  • Labor Law Research Network
  • Law and Society Association
  • Labor Law Group
  • Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics (SASE)
  • The University of Iowa Labor Center (liaison)
  • Affiliated Faculty - University of Iowa Dept. of Sociology and Criminology
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PhD, Princeton University (Sociology)
JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
MA, Princeton University
BA, Haverford College