Ellen Dannin is the author of "Crumbling Infrastructure - Crumbling Democracy: Infrastructure Privatization Contracts and Their Effects on State and Local Governance," in winter 2011, Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. She is a former National Labor Relations Board field attorney and the author of Taking Back the Workers' Law - How to Fight the Assault on Labor Rights (Cornell University Press).

Professor Dannin is the Fannie Weiss Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Penn State Law. Among her publications in the areas of labor and privatization law, Professor Dannin is the author of Taking Back the Workers’ Law — How to Fight the Assault on Labor Rights and Working Free: The Origins and Impact of New Zealand's Employment Contracts Act. She is currently working on a book about privatization.