The Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association is led by a group of elected officers and council members. The current council members are featured below.
Elizabeth Hirsh (2014-2017), University of British Columbia
Elizabeth’s research is in the areas of organizations, inequality, and the law. Much of her work focuses on employment discrimination and the impact of antidiscrimination laws and corporate diversity policies on gender, race, and ethnic inequality in the workplace. Current projects include a study of the economic, political, and organizational conditions under which employment discrimination lawsuits filed under U.S. civil rights laws bring about change in sex and race inequality in the workplace; a qualitative account of the factors that lead workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits based on interviews with plaintiffs in recent high-profile lawsuits; and an analysis of the impact of corporate diversity policies on levels of workplace sex and race inequality and discrimination disputes at work.
Alexandra Kalev (2012-2015), Tel Aviv University
Alexandra Kalev is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Tel Aviv University. Kalev’s research examines the effectiveness of public policy and organizational structures for reducing demographic inequality in private organizations and in universities (with Frank Dobbin). Other research examines Israeli-Palestinians employment in retail (with Noah Lewin Esptein and Joshua Guetzkow) and ageism and gender evaluative gaps in the High Tech industry (with Uri Shwed). Kalev’s research has been published in leading journals and funded by the American National Science Foundation, the Israeli National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Taub Center and the Safra Center for Ethics. Kalev is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Israeli Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Kate Kellog (2013-2016), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kate is an Associate Professor of Organization Studies at MIT. She is the author of Challenging Operations: Medical Reform and Resistance in Surgery (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Her papers have been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, and Organization Science. Kate uses ethnographic methods to study social change inside organizations in response to legal regulation and social movements.
Julie Kmec (2012-2015), Washington State University
Julie is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at Washington State University. She is on the editorial board of Work and Occupations, Social Problems, Social Science Research, and American Sociological Review. Her research primarily focuses on gender inequality at work, including the relationship between human resource policies and workplace segregation, organizational responses to employment discrimination, gender and work effort, and the family-work connection.
Kim Pernell-Gallagher (2014-2015 Student Representative), Harvard University
Kim is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Harvard University. Her research explores the social causes of financial crises and organizational malfeasance. Current projects examine the drivers of American financial deregulation; the effects of a popular organizational position (the chief risk officer) for bank derivatives activity; and the historical origins of divergent banking regulation in the U.S., Canada, and Spain (1988 – 2007).
Gabriel Rossman (2014-2017), University of California, Los Angeles
Gabriel Rossman is an associate professor of Sociology at UCLA. He is the author of Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us About the Diffusion of Innovation (Princeton University Press, 2012). His recent papers have been published in American Sociological Review, Sociological Science, and Sociological Theory. His research interests include pop music, Hollywood films, diffusion of innovation, market information regimes, and morally disreputable markets.
Taekjin Shin (2013-2016), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Taekjin is an Assistant Professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests concern corporate governance, executive compensation, wage inequality, organizational sociology, and economic sociology. He is currently studying the institutional explanation for the rise of executive compensation, the symbolic effect of shareholder-value orientation on the career outcomes of executive managers, and the linkage between corporate downsizing and executive compensation.