David Weil

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Dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management
PhD, Harvard University

David Weil is dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Weil leads the policy school and research institution, which works to drive positive social change through research, education and public engagement that addresses disparities in well-being across fields, from health care to sustainable development.

Prior to joining Brandeis in August 2017, Weil was the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. In 2014, Weil took a leave from BU when former President Barack Obama appointed him to head the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, which is charged with promoting and achieving compliance with fundamental labor standards, including those related to the minimum wage, overtime, child labor and family medical leave.

Weil is an internationally recognized expert in employment and labor market policy. He co-founded and co-directed the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has advised international organizations as well as government agencies at the state and federal levels. He is also the author of more than 100 articles and five books, including, most recently, "The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It," which examines how practices like outsourcing change business organizations and erode relationships between employers and their workers.

Weil earned a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a master’s in public policy at the Kennedy School and a PhD in public policy at Harvard.