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: Mark Mizruchi (2014-2015), University of Michigan
Past Chair: Mary Blair-Loy (2014-2015), University of California, San Diego
Mary 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.
Chair-Elect: Lisa Keister (2014-2015), Duke University
Lisa Keister is Gilhuly Family Professor of Sociology at Duke University. Keister conducts research on organizational startup and performance during China’s transition, wealth ownership in the U.S., the one percent, the role of religion in economic decision making, and immigration and its economic consequences. She is author/editor of numerous books and articles including Chinese Business Groups (Oxford 2000), Wealth in America (Cambridge 2000), Entrepreneurship (JAI 2005), Getting Rich: America’s New Rich and How they Got that Way (Cambridge 2005), Faith and Money: How Religious Belief Contributes to Wealth and Poverty (Cambridge 2011), and Religion and Inequality (Cambridge 2014).
Secretary-Treasurer: Michel Anteby (2014-2017), Harvard University