Eric Laursen is an independent writer and editor, based in western Massachusetts. He has worked for Institutional Investor and Corporate Finance magazines and was co-founder and managing editor of Plan Sponsor, a monthly magazine for pension fund executives. Eric has written for a wide variety of publications, including The Village Voice, The Nation, Investment Dealers’ Digest, CFO, In These Times, Z Magazine, The Arkansas Review, and huffingtonpost.com.

Eric is the author of The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan (AK Press, 2012), a history of the Social Security debate in the US (a BookList Editors’ Choice nonfiction selection and Gold Medal recipient in Current Events from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, 2012) and co-author of Understanding the Crash, a graphic nonfiction account of the causes and consequences of the 2007-08 economic meltdown (Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint, 2010). He blogs on Social Security at http://peoplespension.infoshop.org/blogs-mu/.

A graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York, Eric is currently writing a biography of the biologist, poet, and author Alex Comfort.