I don't know what all of the hype is about. I found his lectures extremely dry and boring, he failed to respond to numerous emails (many people in my class had this same issue), he never returned feedback on paper drafts, did not give back papers for grades, and it is February 2 and we STILL do not have our SSOL grades.
Do not take this class. Yes, it's supposedly easy and your most likely breeze through the class. It's simply a midterm, a 5-7 paged paper and a final. Warren is simply not invested in the class he showed a movie in class at least 4 times and canceled class three times. He comes off as very nice and likable. With that being said we are nearly a month past the grade submission and none of us have heard from him. I know of at least half a dozen people who have emailed him and the TAs none of them have responded at all. The vagueness from the political science department implies that they to have been unable to contact him. In addition, to not being able to complete the grades he doesn't even have the guts to talk to those he's screwing over. I've even seem him on MSNBC during these last few weeks so he hasn't dropped off the face of the earth just Columbia's campus. With all that being said I enjoyed the class but it doesn't make up for this ridiculous situation. Even the worst professors I've had over these past three years submit their grades. Dorian does not deserve this silver nugget and he certainly doesn't deserve the tenure he has been granted.
ehhh, totally ever age. Honestly, I went in there thinking this guy would write my law school recs, and I realized that he's totally not very invested in the class, was quite boring, and the topic itself was dry (versus what it should have been considering its the most extraordinary freaking social movement of our time!!) However, office hours with him is infinitely better, so seek him out then if you have any real questions. In my POV, he's better one on one (as say a major advisor in political science) than as a class wide lecturer. Also, the TAs were fine, nothing spectacular and frankly, all three seemed pretty dreaming uninterested.
Alright. There's a lot of fanfare around Professor Warren, but I think many reviewers may be buying into the hype. Warren is personable and friendly, but I'm not actually sure he knew all that much about the subject matter--wait, I take that back, there wasn't much to know about it. Let me do you a favor and tell you what you'll take away from class: labor power has been steadily decreasing for the past 60 years while the power of business to take manipulate of workers and take away benefits has increased. Done. You get an A! I didn't do any of the readings and got an A (okay maybe I did one). I knew nothing about labor and walked away knowing everything about it, though. Warren did present the information in a very engaging way for such a boring topic, so he does get that credit as it's due. I'd recommend taking a class with him I guess, only about something more interesting than labor.
I took Labor and American Politics with Professor Warren in Spring 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Prof. Warren is a superb lecturer. He presents the outline of his lecture on Power Point slides and sometimes incorporates historical movies and/or YouTube clips. Though this is a lecture class, Prof. Warren encouraged class participation frequently. The class had a wiki-space, and students posted news articles related to the course material; we would then spend the first 10 minutes or so discussing the news. Prof. Warren is young and cool. Take advantage of his office hours - he has fascinating research interests, wants to hear about what you're into, etc. I'd definitely recommend this class or any other taught by Prof. Warren. The only downside was that the TA was not that knowledgeable about organized labor.
Take anything you can with him. He's young, fun, smart, approachable, funny and wonderful. He's one of the best professors I've had at Columbia. I am a conservative and I thought taking a Labor politics class would be awful. Prof Warren, however, doesn't fall into the typical poli sci liberal indoctrination style. He listened to everyone's ideas and was more than willing to play devil's advocate to both sides-which is good because the class has lots of discussion. The readings and lectures were fascinating and informative. I found myself WANTING to do the work for this class. The few times I missed class I was actually sad and disappointed. He brings in lots of current event to explain concepts. One girl in my class had a habit of emailing him relevant articles and a few times he made the entire lecture about the article she sent him. The lectures are never dull. I've also heard he gives A+'s though I can't officially confirm. TAKE THIS CLASS