The Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association is led by a group of elected officers and council members. The current elected officers are featured below.
Chair: Mary Blair-Loy
Mary (Sociology, UC San Diego) uses multiple methods to study gender, the economy, work, and family. Much scholarship in these areas posits people as making individually strategic trade-offs between work and family obligations. Although valid in certain circumstances, these assumptions distort the analysis of institutions that are imbued with moral connotations experienced as externally binding and often conflicting. In contrast, Blair-Loy explicitly analyzes broadly shared, cultural models of a worthwhile life, such as the work devotion schema and the family devotion schema. These schemas help shape workplace and family structures. Her award-winning book, Competing Devotions: Career and Family among Women Executives focused on these issues for executive women, while other research investigates other populations. New work focuses on the career trajectories of STEM academics
Past Chair: Erin Kelly
Erin is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota. In her role of Section Chair, Erin serves as an editor of the Section’s blog “Work in Progress”. She studies changes in U.S. workplaces and their effects on employees, families, and organizations. Currently Erin is involved in a multi-disciplinary, multi-site, group-randomized trial of an initiative designed to reduce work-family conflict among IT workers and nursing home workers. Her previous research examined family leaves, child care benefits, diversity policies, and sexual harassment initiatives.
Chair-Elect: Mark Mizruchi, University of Michigan