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
Mark is the Robert Cooley Angell Collegiate Professor of Sociology, the Barger Family Professor of Organizational Studies, and Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. He works in the areas of economic, organizational, and political sociology. His book, The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite (Harvard University Press, 2013), received the George R. Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management and the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.
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
Michel is an Associate Professor in the organizational behavior area at Harvard Business School. He is the author of Manufacturing Morals: The Values of Silence in Business School Education (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and of Moral Gray Zones: Side-Productions, Identity, and Regulation in an Aeronautic Plant (Princeton University Press, 2008). His work has been published, for instance, in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Ethnography, Organization Science, and Social Science & Medicine.