Puya Gerami is a doctoral candidate who researches the labor and political history of the twentieth-century United States, with a particular focus on developments in the public sector. His dissertation explores how state government workers and their unions in the Northeast resisted the privatization of public services between the 1970s and 1990s. He is also education director at District 1199 New England, the largest healthcare union in Connecticut.
Puya received his B.A. in English from Columbia University. Before arriving at Yale, he worked as a union organizer.