Alvin T. Nagao, a Washington, DC–based attorney, has specialized in litigating and mediating employment and workplace cases. He is the author of a forthcoming book about the changing economy and workplace titled Age of Illusion: Globalism, Corporate Restructuring, and the Endangered American Dream. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Nagao was a legislative counsel on the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Democratic Staff from 1988 to 1990. He served earlier in his career as a deputy attorney general for the State of Hawaii. Nagao is a member of the Hawaii and District of Columbia bars.
He plans to continue his research around labor market and work life issues and toward reconceptualizing the normative foundations of the free market. The project will explore the role of self-interest in the capitalist system, the rise of the detachment of business and morality, and the neglect of economic activity at the micro level. Nagao will explore the ways these factors influence and jeopardize long-term growth and the American dream.
Nagao received his JD and MA in law and international relations from the University of Hawaii, an MSFS in international trade and finance from Georgetown University, and his PhD in public policy/political economy from Johns Hopkins University.