Victor Tan Chen is an associate professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University who studies economic inequality, labor markets, social policy, and alternative organizational forms. He is the author of three books on economic issues: The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America (with Katherine S. Newman), which was named one of Library Journal’s best business books of the year; Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, for which he received the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association; and Organizational Imaginaries: Tempering Capitalism and Tending to Communities through Cooperatives and Collectivist Democracy (with Katherine K. Chen), which received the Joyce Rothschild Book Prize from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. Chen’s work has been featured in the Atlantic, New York Times, BBC News, Fortune, and NPR. He also edits In The Fray, an award-winning magazine devoted to personal stories on global issues.
Victor Tan Chen