Richard N. Block is a full-time labor arbitrator and Professor and Director Emeritus in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University.

He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and has heard and decided hundreds of cases in the public and private sectors, both as a grievance and interest arbitrator. Currently he also serves on several permanent panels.

As a faculty member at Michigan State University, his research focused on a range of issues in labor and employment. His work has appeared in book form, in all major journals in the employment field, and several law reviews.

He served as Director of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University from July 1985 through June 1993 and Interim Director from July 2007 to August 2008.

He has been a visiting faculty member at Columbia University, the University of Toronto, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In 2009, he was a member of the Auto Industry Panel that advised the United States Government Accountability Office on financial assistance to the automobile industry.

He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.S. and B.S in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.