CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2022 Junior Theorists Symposium

2022 Junior Theorists Symposium

Held as a hybrid in-person/zoom event on August 4th (additional details TBD)*

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, February 25, 2022 by 11:59PM PST

We invite submissions of précis for the 16th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS). The annual symposium will be held in person on August 4th (additional details TBD) prior to the 2022 ASA Annual Meeting. The JTS is a conference featuring the work of up-and-coming sociologists, sponsored in part by the Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career sociologists who engage in theoretical work, broadly defined. 

It is our honor to announce that Steven Epstein (Northwestern University), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), and Mario Small (Harvard University) will serve as discussants for this year’s symposium. Paul Joosse (Hong Kong University) and Robin Willey (Concordia University of Edmonton), winners of the 2021 Junior Theorist Award, will deliver a keynote address. Finally, the symposium will include an after-panel titled “Theorizing Intersections,” with panelists Tey Meadow (Columbia University), Tianna Paschel (UC Berkeley), Vrushali Patil (Florida International University), Mary Romero (Arizona State), and Adia Harvey Wingfield (Washington University St. Louis).

We invite all ABD graduate students, recent PhDs, postdocs, and assistant professors who received their PhDs from 2018 onwards to submit up to a three-page précis (800-1000 words). The précis should include the key theoretical contribution of the paper and a general outline of the argument. Successful précis from last year’s symposium can be viewed here. Please note that the précis must be for a paper that is not under review or forthcoming at a journal.

As in previous years, there is no pre-specified theme for the conference. Papers will be grouped into sessions based on emergent themes and discussants’ areas of interest and expertise. We invite submissions from all substantive areas of sociology. and we especially encourage papers that are works-in-progress and would benefit from the discussions at JTS.

Please remove all identifying information from your précis and submit it via this Google form. Tara Gonsalves (University of California at Berkeley) and Davon Norris (The Ohio State University) will review the anonymized submissions. You can also contact them at with any questions. The deadline is Friday, February 25th. By mid-March, we will extend 9 invitations to present at JTS 2022. Please plan to share a full paper by July 5, 2022. Presenters will be asked to attend the symposium in its entirety in order to hear fellow scholars’ work. Please plan accordingly. 

*Presenters should plan to attend in-person, though this may change based on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Member Publication: Status–Authority Asymmetry between Professions: The Case of 911 Dispatchers and Police Officers

Hi OOW Members! Check out this new publication from OOW Member Arvind Karunakaran:


Karunakaran, Arvind. “Status–Authority Asymmetry between Professions: The Case of 911 Dispatchers and Police Officers.” Administrative Science Quarterly, November 15, 2021, 000183922110595.


Status–authority asymmetry in the workplace emerges when lower-status professionals are ascribed with the functional authority to oversee higher-status professionals and elicit compliance from them on specific processes or tasks. Eliciting such compliance is ridden with challenges. How and when can lower-status professionals with functional authority elicit compliance from higher-status professionals? To examine this question, I conducted a 24-month ethnography of 911 emergency coordination to understand how 911 dispatchers (lower-status professionals with functional authority) can elicit compliance from police officers (higher-status professionals). I identify a set of relational styles—entailing interactional practices and communication media—enacted by the dispatchers. My findings suggest that dispatchers whose relational styles involved customizing the workflow via private communications with police officers or privately escalating cases of officers’ noncompliance to supervisors did not elicit greater compliance. In contrast, dispatchers who did elicit compliance used a peer publicizing relational style: they shared news of the noncompliant behavior—generally in a bantering, humorous manner—with an officer’s immediate peers using a communication medium that all officers in the police unit could hear. Publicizing noncompliant behavior among the immediate peers triggered the officer to self-discipline, as that noncompliant officer’s trustworthiness was on the line in front of the peer group. More generally, through enrolling an alter’s peers in the compliance process, the lower-status professionals with functional authority could generate second-degree influence and elicit compliance from the higher-status professionals.

Member Publication: Church Planters: Inside The World of Religion Entrepreneurs

Hi OOW Members! Check out this new book by OOW member and Professor Richard N. Pitt:


Richard N. Pitt, University of California San Diego, Church Planters: Inside The World of Religion Entrepreneurs (Oxford University Press, 2021).


Starting a new organization is risky business. And churches are no exception. Many new Protestant churches are established without denominational support and, therefore, have many of the same vulnerabilities other startups must overcome. Millions of Americans are leaving churches, half of all churches do not add any new members, and thousands of churches shutter their doors each year. These numbers suggest that American religion is not a growth industry. On the other hand, more than 1000 new churches are started in any given year. What moves people who might otherwise be satisfied working for churches to take on the riskier role of starting one? In Church Planters, sociologist Richard Pitt uses more than 125 in-depth interviews with church planters to understand their motivations.

Pitt’s work endeavors to uncover themes in their sometimes miraculous, sometimes mundane answers to the question: “why take on these risks?” He examines how they approach common entrepreneurial challenges in ways that reduce uncertainty and lead them to believe they will be successful. By combining the evocative stories of church planters with insights from research on commercial and social entrepreneurship, Pitt explains how these religion entrepreneurs come to believe their organizational goals must be accomplished, that they can be accomplished, and that they will be accomplished.

Meet Grad Students on the Market: Introducing Audrey Holm

Hello OOW members! Today we are introducing OOW Member, Audrey Holm! She is CURRENTLY on the market.

Audrey is a PhD Candidate in Management and Organizations at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Her research has appeared in the American Sociological Review and Academy of Management Review. Audrey was a finalist in the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition and the Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award. Audrey received an M.B.A. from ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. Prior to entering academia, she worked as an operations manager, business development manager and consultant in the public transportation industry. Outside of academia, Audrey enjoys singing jazz and traveling.

Audrey’s research focuses on understanding inclusion and inequality, and shifting work dynamics at the individual, relational and occupational levels. She mostly draws from ethnographic observations, interviews and archival data to examine individuals’ relations to their work, organizations and occupations.

Dissertation title: Mobilizing the Unemployable: How Reentry Counselors prepare Formerly Incarcerated Jobseekers for the Labor Market

Audrey’s dissertation asks how social justice professionals live up to their ideals by examining reentry counselors’ work with formerly incarcerated jobseekers. Through her dissertation work, she aims to further theory and practice related to social justice occupations, workforce intermediaries and labor market inequality.

You can learn more about Audrey on her website or find her on Twitter @Audrey_HOLM.

Call for Participants: Trapped in a Maze by Leslie Paik: Virtual Book Launch

Check out this Book Launch event for OOW member Leslie Paik:

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
12:30- 2pm Pacific
1:30 – 3pm  Mountain
2:30 – 4 pm Central
3:30 -5 pm Eastern


About the event: Please join us virtually on Wednesday, December 8 for the launch of Leslie Paik’s new book, Trapped in a Maze:  How Social Control Institutions Drive Family Poverty and Inequality, with commentary by Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Susan Sered, and Maureen Waller. 

Book Summary: Trapped in a Maze provides a window into families’ lived experiences in poverty by looking at their complex interactions with institutions such as welfare, hospitals, courts, housing, and schools. Families are more intertwined with institutions than ever as they struggle to maintain their eligibility for services and face the possibility that involvement with one institution could trigger other types of institutional oversight. Many poor families find themselves trapped in a multi-institutional maze, stuck in between several systems with no clear path to resolution. Tracing the complex and often unpredictable journeys of families in this maze, this book reveals how the formal rationality by which these institutions ostensibly operate undercuts what they can actually achieve. And worse, it demonstrates how involvement with multiple institutions can perpetuate the conditions of poverty that these families are fighting to escape.

Author Bio: Leslie Paik is a qualitative sociologist whose research interests are youth, families, and law and society. Before coming to ASU, she was a professor of sociology at The City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She also was selected as a Member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, (2020-2021). Dr. Paik earned her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA at Brown University.

Meet Grad Students on the Market: Introducing Leah Glass

Hello OOW members! Today we are introducing OOW Member, Leah Glass! She is CURRENTLY on the market.

Leah Glass is a current doctoral student in sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Leah is a mixed methods researcher—she has experience quantitatively studying post-secondary outcomes for first generation college students, as well as conducting in-depth interviews and ethnographies in organizations. In addition to her doctoral studies, Leah also works full-time doing analytics and data science for a political non-profit. When not working or studying, you can find her cuddling with her cat Benny, reading Young Adult fiction, and watching soccer.

Dissertation title: Well Intentioned Whiteness: exploring the effects of diversity, equity, and inclusion work at an education non-profit

Her dissertation is a case study of how DEI and anti-racism is deployed and enacted at a national nonprofit. She uses ethnography and interviews to understand how the DEI & anti-racism practices and initiatives, coupled with organizational structure and culture, all within the context of a more neoliberal education landscape, reproduce inequality, despite the good intentions and progressive social-justice mission.

Her research agenda: diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work broadly, nonprofits, the tech industry, DEI workers

You can learn more about Leah from her website or find her on Twitter.

Call for Participants: OOW Grad Students on the Market, We Want to Share Your Profiles!

If you are an OOW graduate student currently on the market (Fall 2021) or entering the market this summer (Summer 2022), we would love to post a profile for you and your work on the OOW blog!

Please fill out this form with your profile.

We will keep collecting profiles through the next few months and scheduling them as they come in. We’ll do our best to publish the profiles of students on the market in fall 2021 as quickly as possible. The other profiles will be scheduled in with our other announcements and postings on the website.

Job Postings: Two Open Rank (TT) Positions in Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College

Department:Human and Organizational Development
Position Title:Two Tenure-Line or Tenured Professors (Open rank) in Human and Organizational Development

Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College

Department: Human and Organizational Development

Position Title: Tenure-line or Tenured Professors (Open rank) in Human and Organizational Development

The interdisciplinary Department of Human and Organizational Development (HOD) invites applications for two tenure-line or tenured professors at the assistant, associate or full level in Human and Organizational Development.

One scholar should focus on community-driven approaches to promoting health / wellness and health equity. We are particularly interested in scholars who engage with community partners, policymakers, and/or other stakeholders to prevent and/or address problems affecting marginalized communities, including modifying systemic determinants of health and wellbeing and promoting community health.

The other scholar should focus on community development and/or organizational studies. Scholars exploring community-driven theories, methods, and interventions that promote social change or who study the role of groups and organizations in creating change in communities, organizational culture, or intergroup relations are encouraged to apply. 

Both candidates’ work should reflect an interest in and/or sensitivity to social and racial inequities. Areas of content specialization are open; however, the ideal candidates will build upon departmental strengths focused on issues and interventions related to affordable housing/homelessness, neighborhood resources and change (e.g., gentrification; nonprofits and multi-sector coalitions), community and youth organizing, school/community relations, community and youth violence prevention, youth and young adult psychosocial and sociopolitical development, and participatory action research.  

Scholars in psychology, sociology, organizational studies, human development, and allied social sciences pursuing any methodological approaches are welcome.

Successful candidates will have a productive research program, excellent teaching credentials, and the demonstrated capacity to provide leadership and enhance instruction at the undergraduate level. A track record or potential for external funding is preferred. Administrative leadership would be a plus. In addition to undergraduate teaching in the human and organizational development major, teaching and contributions to the doctoral program in community research and action, and one or both of our master’s programs in community development and action and human development studies are expected. This faculty position provides a unique opportunity to join a highly productive, diverse, and interdisciplinary faculty at a research-intensive university. The application review process will begin November 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled  (applications will receive full consideration through December 10, 2021).

Please submit application material, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, a statement about your experience and commitment to diversity, select publications, and three reference letters via ONE of the following links:

Health] or [Organizational]

Additional questions may be directed to (, 615-322-2677 or information about the department may be found at

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas.  The university actively seeks applicants from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Member Publication: What’s in an Occupation? Investigating Within-Occupation Variation and Gender Segregation Using Job Titles and Task Descriptions

Check out this new article by OOW member Ananda Martin-Caughey:

Citation: Martin-Caughey A. What’s in an Occupation? Investigating Within-Occupation Variation and Gender Segregation Using Job Titles and Task Descriptions. American Sociological Review. 2021;86(5):960-999. doi:10.1177/00031224211042053


Occupations have long been central to the study of inequality and mobility. However, the occupational categories typical in most U.S. survey data conceal potentially important patterns within occupations. This project uses a novel data source that has not previously been released for analysis: the verbatim text responses provided by respondents to the General Social Survey from 1972 to 2018 when asked about their occupation. These text data allow for an investigation of variation within occupations, in terms of job titles and task descriptions, and the occupation-level factors associated with this variation. I construct an index of occupational similarity based on the average pairwise cosine similarity between job titles and between task descriptions within occupations. Findings indicate substantial variation in the level of similarity across occupations. Occupational prestige, education, and income are associated with less heterogeneity in terms of job titles but slightly more heterogeneity in terms of task descriptions. Gender diversity is associated with more internal heterogeneity in terms of both job titles and task descriptions. In addition, I use the case of gender segregation to demonstrate how occupational categories can conceal the depth and form of stratification.

Call for Papers: Extended deadline for Work and Occupations’ Special Issue on Precarious Employment and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The deadline for Work and Occupations‘ Special Issue on Precarious Employment and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic submission has been extended.

We are now accepting full papers through November 22, 2021 23:59 PST. The original Call-for-Papers can be found here.

If you are considering submitting to the special issue, now is the time! If you have already started your submission process but have not yet finished, you now have an additional week to do so.