Donald Taylor

Professor, Department of Labor Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Public Administration Faculty
Photo of Donald Taylor, instructor of MPA courses at the Carsey School

Donald Taylor has worked as an organizer, representative, negotiator, business agent, communications director, and education director for unions such as the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE), the hotel workers union (HERE), and the Service Employees' international Union (SEIU). He has also taught labor and employment relations at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Illinois, and Indiana University, and has served as a shop steward and local union president. He has extensive experience in union leadership development, internal organizing, strategic planning, and building organizational capacity, as well as in online education. He is a nationally recognized expert on the constitutional rights of public employees, and developed the website


  • M.A. Political Science (1993), University of New Hampshire Concentrations in Political Economy and International Relations
  • B.A. History (1990), University of New Hampshire Concentration in United States history; Minors in Education and Political Science

Fields of Specialization and Teaching:

  • Public Sector Labor Relations
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Union Leadership and Administration
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Strategic Planning
  • Political Economy

Professional Certifications:

  • Human Resources Certificate, Madison College, 2019
  • Change Leadership Certificate, Cornell University, 2015
  • Professional Trainer Certificate, American Society for Training and Development — NH, 2007