Message from the Chair

By Michael Sauder

Dear OOW Members,

Greetings!  As I begin my term as section chair, I would like to give one last thank you to Emily Barman, the OOW Council—Nina Bandelj, Tim Bartley, Beth Popp Berman, Michael McQuarrie, Giacomo Negro (Secretary-Treasurer), David Pedulla, Melissa Wooten—and all of the people who worked on our section’s program for a very successful meeting in New York City. I want to give a special thank you to the Program Committee (Laura Doering, Ryan Finnigan, Adilia James, Tania Jenkins, Ken-Hou Lin, and Steven Vallas) and Roundtable organizers (Carla Ilten, Sarah Mosseri, and Jennifer Nelson) for their hard work. Finally, please join me in welcoming our two new council members, Sarah Thebaud and LaTonya Trotter, as well as Alexandra Kalev, OOW’s chair-elect.

OOW remains a vibrant and stimulating community of scholars, and I am excited to work to continue this tradition as we prepare for next year’s conference in San Francisco. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we move into the new academic year.

1) Be on the lookout for potential members of OOW. The larger our section, the more panels we have at ASA. While OOW remains one of the larger ASA sections, we have lost a few members in recent years because the annual Academy of Management meetings have been held at the same time as ASA’s meetings. One effective strategy (aside from proselytizing in the hallways) is to sponsor students who might be interested in the section. This is inexpensive — only $5 if they are already members of ASA — and a good way to promote future membership.

2) News and announcements for the section are published in two places: the OOW blog ( and our monthly newsletter. Let me take this opportunity to thank Annika Wilcox and Laura Adler for their excellent work on these outlets. If you have news or an announcement to share with the section, please send the item to me ( and/or Annika ( I will also send out occasional updates and announcements on our section’s listserv, but—to limit the strain on everyone’s inboxes—most news will be posted on the blog and newsletter.

I look forward to working with everyone this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about the section.

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at the University of Kansas

Sociology of Race & Ethnicity Search

University of Kansas

ASA Job Bank ID: 15913

The Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.  This appointment, which will begin in the fall of 2020, will build on our long-standing commitment to critical inquiry into racial and ethnic diversity and disparity, both globally and domestically.

This search is open in terms of research emphasis, but we seek a scholar with teaching strengths in core areas of African American experience.  We would expect our new colleague to publish in major outlets, enhance our international and national research profile, and contribute to our ongoing effort to build cross-disciplinary connections with units across the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. in sociology in hand or a credible claim that they will soon obtain that degree.

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Member Publication

Please check out the following recent publication by OOW member Victoria Reyes: Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines. 2019. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

The U.S. military continues to be an overt presence in the Philippines, and a reminder of the country’s colonial past. Using Subic Bay (a former U.S. military base, now a Freeport Zone) as a case study, Victoria Reyes argues that its defining feature is its ability to elicit multiple meanings. For some, it is a symbol of imperialism and inequality, while for others, it projects utopian visions of wealth and status.

Drawing on archival and ethnographic data, Reyes describes the everyday experiences of people living and working in Subic Bay, and makes a case for critically examining similar spaces across the world. These foreign-controlled, semi-autonomous zones of international exchange are what she calls global borderlands. While they can take many forms, ranging from overseas military bases to tourist resorts, they all have key features in common. This new unit of globalization provides a window into broader economic and political relations, the consequences of legal ambiguity, and the continuously reimagined identities of the people living there. Rejecting colonialism as merely a historical backdrop, Reyes demonstrates how it is omnipresent in our modern world.

CFA: Early Career Work and Family Fellowships, October 1 Deadline

The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) is seeking applicants for its 2020-2021 Early Career Work and Family Fellowships. The goal of the program is to help promising young scholars establish career successes, integrate them within the WFRN research community, and guide translation of their research to inform the work of decision-makers.  Fellows receive 2020 membership in the WFRN, conference registration, and $500 to attend an Early Career Fellowship Preconference (June 23, 2020) and the 2020 WFRN Conference (June 24-27, 2020) in New York City). To be eligible, candidates must have received their doctorate in 2016 or later and have yet to progress into tenured or secure senior level positions.  Information about the program can be found via this link, or apply directly here.  The deadline for applications is October 1, 2019. Questions about the program can be addressed to the program director, Lindsey Trimble O’Connor at

OOW Call for Volunteers

Dear Members of OOW,

Greetings from the section!  As the incoming chair, I am looking forward to maintaining our vibrant OOW community.  Our events and sessions in New York City were fantastic, and I want to thank all of you for contributing to that.  Special thanks to the OOW Council for their hard work and to Emily Barman for keeping our section on track.

This message represents our annual call for volunteers for section committees and positions.  As you are certainly aware, participating in OOW committees is both an invaluable service to the long-term health of our field and also a great way to get to know your fellow Section members.  It also offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about the workings of the section and to gain deeper insight into the perspectives and concerns of colleagues from different cohorts, different institutions, and different intellectual traditions.  We have plenty of committees to staff, so everyone should be able to find something that suits their tastes and talents. We are also looking for volunteers for OOW newsletter editors — this is a fantastic way for graduate students to become more involved with the section.

If you are new to the section (or just need a reminder), OOW has five committees: Program, Nominations, Membership, Publications, and Awards. The Awards Committee is separated into three sub-committees: the Max Weber Prize (books), the W. Richard Scott Award (articles), and the James D. Thompson Award (graduate student papers).

This google form link will lead you to our easy and quick Call for Volunteers.

Please volunteer!

Thanks again to everyone for their participation in the section over the past year.


Michael Sauder

Job Posting: Tenured Professor Position at University of California, Riverside

Tenured Associate Professor in Organizations and Institutions
Department of Sociology
University of California, Riverside
2019-2020 Academic Year

The Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor in Organizations and Institutions. The Organizations and Institutions specialization at UC Riverside examines the development and contemporary structure of organizations and the institutional systems (e.g., economy, polity, law, education, kinship, and religion) in which they are embedded. The organizations component of the specialization focuses on research related to the theoretical traditions in the study of organizations, including but not limited to neo-institutional, ecological, resource dependence, network, and institutional economic approaches. It also focuses on the organizational influences on behavioral and distributional outcomes. The institutional component of the specialization focuses on the historical development of institutions, their inter-relations over time, as well as institutional effects on behavior, organizational structure, and distributional outcomes. Candidates for this position may work in the area of organizations, institutions, or both.

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Request for Proposals: National Fraud Study

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Request for Proposal
Issued: August 27, 2019
Due Date for Proposal: September 28, 2019

Short Description of research: (1) Produce a uniform methodology that can be used for state specific studies that quantify losses caused by the misclassification of construction employees as independent contractors and the non-reporting of construction employee income. The due date for this section is October 28, 2019. (2) Quantify the federal and state revenue losses caused by the misclassification of construction employees as independent contractors and the non-reporting of income paid to construction employees. The due date for this part of the research is January 15, 2020.

Contact: Matthew F. Capece, Esq., Representative of the General President

Please click here to view the full request for proposals.

Job Postings: TT Positions at the University of North Texas

The University of North Texas Department of Sociology invites applications for two faculty positions. Both positions are 9-month appointments with 2-2 course loads beginning September 1, 2020.

The first position is at the Assistant Professor rank, with a preference for a scholar specializing in race and ethnicity. The second position is at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, with area of specialization open. Successful candidates should have strong records of scholarship and a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A PhD in sociology is required, although highly qualified ABD candidates will be considered. Salary and benefits are competitive. Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, narrative describing scholarly research, and the names of three references to the online job portal at Applicants also may submit evidence of teaching effectiveness. Review of applications will begin October 1 and will continue until the search is closed. Please direct any inquiries to the search committee chair Dr. Gabe Ignatow at

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Interdisciplinary Program in Organizational Studies solicits applications for a tenure track assistant professorship position to begin September 1, 2020.  This is a university-year appointment. The deadline for receiving applications is October 1, 2019. Organizational Studies is a small (approximately 100 students) highly selective undergraduate major in the arts and sciences. We seek applications from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds in the social sciences and professional fields. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in research and teaching related to organizational theory and behavior, broadly defined. We especially seek applicants committed to undergraduate mentorship and innovative teaching methods. Joint appointments with other units at the university are possible. Applications must include cover letter, CV, statement of current and future research plans, writing sample(s), statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and evidence of teaching excellence (evaluations) and syllabi (if available).  Please also be prepared to provide the names and contact information for three individuals to contact for confidential letters of reference.

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Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at UNC Chapel Hill

The Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start as early as July 1, 2020. We are seeking candidates with research and teaching interests in the areas of computational sociology, social networks, or other advanced quantitative methods with substantive expertise in any area of the discipline. Successful candidates must exhibit strong and innovative research and show potential for excellence in teaching.

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