Message from the Chair

By Alexandra Kalev

Dear Section Members,

I hope this message finds you all well, safe and healthy.  This is a trying period in so many ways, but I wanted to share several exciting pieces of information with you about section activities. 

1. Diversity in OOW: Our council is dedicating this year to initiating a journey toward increased diversity in OOW membership, research topics and methodologies. We have established a diversity committee to gather information about the meaning of and barriers to diversity in OOW and possible routes of action. You are likely to receive communication from this committee, announcing initiatives and/or seeking your input over the next couple of months.   

We have also established a mentor program, based on the earlier signup sheet. It is taking off in these very days, as mentors and mentees will be receiving introduction emails (with a special thank you to all those that volunteered to be mentors!). I am also attaching a new signup sheet for those who might have missed the earlier one. We believe mentoring is especially important, perhaps even more so right now, as graduate students and young scholars are more likely to feel isolated and to experience uncertainties regarding teaching, research and the job market. We see mentoring as part of our diversity efforts as well, hoping that it can also help section members from under-represented groups feel more connected to our section and find the section to be professionally nurturing. Please volunteer to become a mentor or sign up if you’d like to have a mentor. Thank you for all those that have done so already! 

2. The ASA online portal will open for submission on November 9, 2020. The deadline to submit is February 3, 2021 at 11:59pm EST. 

If you are an ASA session organizer interested in building/showcasing your session and using  our listserv to do so, please submit your session info to

Please submit your papers to one of OOW sessions or roundtables (see below) and/or encourage your colleagues from underrepresented groups, or those that study topics outside the mainstream of OOW, to submit a paper. Open topic sessions will be formed according to the papers submitted.  

Broadening the Conversation about Racism in Organizations, Occupations, and Work 
Organizers: Elizabeth Berman, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Victor Ray, University of Iowa

This panel is seeking papers that broaden the conversation about racism and racialization in organizations, occupations, and work. Submitted papers should touch on organizations, occupations, or work in some way, but may not be primarily grounded in these literatures. This is part of an effort to bring into the section new approaches to thinking about processes of racism in organizations, occupations and work and in OOW research.

Open Topics on Organizations, Occupations, and Work
Organizers:  Elizabeth Berman, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Sharla Alegria, University of Toronto; Nicole Denier, University of Alberta; Jiwook Jung, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Victor Ray, University of Iowa.

We welcome submission of all papers related to the topics of organizations, occupations, and/or work  

OOW Roundtables
Organizers: Angelina Grigoryeva, University of Toronto; Argun Saatcioglu, University of Kansas

3. OOW award nomination calls are out. Nominations for our Distinguished Scholar award, Weber Book award, Thompson Graduate Student Paper and Scott Article awards are due on March 31. This is a way to reward, celebrate and give publicity to work that excites you (even if it is your own!). Please nominate yourself or others.

4. Nomination for OOW section leadership. The nomination committee is seeking nominations for 2 new council members, a treasurer and a chair. Our past Chair, Michael Sauder is chairing the nomination committee. Please email him your nominations at Serving on the OOW council is an opportunity to give back and to pave new ways, to meet new people and to be exposed to top notch work. Nominating someone is a flattering gift and can be a way to promote section diversity.

 Thank you for your participation in the section activities!

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at emlyon Business School

emlyon Business School seeks candidates to fill a tenured-track, assistant professor position, starting in July, 2021, to reinforce its OCE research center. We are seeking highly motivated candidates that demonstrate excellent research and teaching competences with a strong background in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities, particularly Sociology with a strong interest in topics related to work, occupations and organizations. All applicants should have completed their Ph.D., or be close to complete it.

OCE research center seeks to understand the transformations of contemporary societies, organizations and work through different lenses. Its members conduct research on topics such as social exclusion and social change, social movements, ethics, power and resistance, new forms of work and control, as well as the transformations of social relationships and their implications on individuals’ lives. Members of the research center teach in different programs. Many of them are experienced ethnographers involved in teaching social sciences methods and topics with an attempt to familiarize students with rigorous fieldwork-based research.

Members of the OCE Research Center have published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Ethnography, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Venturing, Administrative Science Quarterly. They are actively involved in many scholarly associations (EGOS, CMS, AOM …) and also serve in editorial board roles at leading journals. They also publish books regularly.

The School

emlyon business school, one of the leading French Grandes Ecoles in Management, has consistently been ranked among the top European Business Schools. It holds triple accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA) and offers a wide range of programs including an MSc in Management, Specialized Master’s degrees, MBA, PhD, as well as open and tailor-made executive programs. 

emlyon business school has campuses in France (Lyon and Paris), China (Shanghai) Morocco (Casablanca) and India (Bhubaneswar).

Having celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2012, emlyon business school is a dynamic and innovative institution with a 164-strong faculty dedicated to develop excellence both in teaching and research thanks to unique and specific means (learning lab, clusters of excellence…). emlyon’s motto is “early makers”. This concept reflects our vision of the entrepreneur: an individual who tries, experiments, makes mistakes, starts again and learns as they go. An entrepreneur must now combine this dimension of doing and doing quickly with the ability to anticipate, mix and nurture ideas, see things before others and do things quicker than others. The entrepreneur from emlyon business school is a maker and an early mover. He/she is an early maker.

The Environment

emlyon business school is at the center of a vibrant ecosystem of large universities with excellent research teams in engineering, computer science, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities (see: Lyon is the second largest city in France, with a long tradition in entrepreneurship and with a strong digital industry. 

Further information

  1. About emlyon business school
  2. About Lyon:

Job Requirements

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements.

Having a Ph.D. in Social Sciences or Humanities (candidates who are close to completion are also acceptable). A particular interest in the sociology of work and workers, the transformation of work and occupations in the digital era, platform workers, dirty work…will be appreciated.

Demonstrating potential for conducting high quality research and publishing in top social sciences and organization/management journals.

Showing interest and ability in developing courses and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and in mentoring students.

Having a relevant international network.

Being a team player with good communication skills.

Responsibilities for this position include: conducting and publishing academic research and teaching, along with contributing to the service mission of the OCE research center. Teaching opportunities are available at the undergraduate, masters, and executive level. Language of instruction at emlyon Business School is both English and French. Speaking French is preferable but not required; for non-French candidates, support in learning French will be offered.  

The Application Should Consist of

  • A cover letter containing your motivation for the position
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A research statement
  • A teaching statement (with teaching evaluations)

To schedule an interview, please prepare to up-load the above documents on the platform and complete the online form on the emlyon website.

Clarification questions can be directed to Prof. David Courpasson

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at USC

The Department of Sociology ( in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will be making one tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor, including advanced assistant professors, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2021. The position is open with regard to specialization. A doctoral degree is required by the time of appointment. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: 

The applicant should upload a cover letter addressing research and teaching, CV, writing sample, and names of three referees who can be contacted by USC for a letter of reference. In addition, we request (1) a Statement of Contributions to Advancing Diversity: the applicant should describe their past and or/potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. There are numerous ways to contribute, including through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, and other varied activities; and (2) a Statement of Mentoring and Service that describes the applicant’s mentoring philosophy/approach and experiences mentoring students and department/profession service work. Screening of applicants will begin November 9th and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be sent to .

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

Job Posting: Assistant or Associate Professor Position at MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management: Work and Organization Studies

Cambridge, MA

Open Date
Jul 20, 2020

The Work and Organization Studies (WOS) group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School has been authorized to hire one or more tenure track faculty members to start July 1, 2021, or soon thereafter, whose teaching and research focus on work, employment, and organizational issues. The rank is open and both junior and senior candidates will be considered.

Faculty responsibilities include teaching courses related to work and organization studies. WOS has current teaching needs in courses on organizational processes, power and influence, as well as courses on work and employment issues.

The WOS faculty is interdisciplinary and the new hire’s background is open and might include sociology, organizational behavior, industrial relations, social psychology, political science, or economics. Candidates must possess, or be close to completion of, a Ph.D. in one of these, or another closely related field, at the start of employment.

WOS builds on the traditions of Organization Studies and the Institute for Work and Employment Research and has Ph.D. programs in both areas. We are open to a variety of styles of research (quantitative, ethnographic, field based, and lab based). (For more information about our group, go to:

The WOS group is part of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Area, one of three major academic areas at Sloan. We encourage multidisciplinary work with colleagues in other parts of the School, and several members of the group are also members of other groups/units in the School (Communication; Economic Sociology; Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy Management; System Dynamics; Global Economics and Management; and Information Technology).

Application Instructions
Applicants must provide a cover letter outlining interests and experience, a current CV, and one or two papers that indicate your research focus and capabilities. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted via this link. Applications will be reviewed as received but are due no later than October 30, 2020.

Questions should be addressed to

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at Boston University

The Department of Sociology at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021. We seek a colleague with research and teaching interests in economic inequality. Subfields are open and we are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to one or more departmental strengths including culture, gender, global/comparative, health, law/crime, migration, race/ethnicity, and urban sociology. The successful candidate will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching on economic and social inequality, and will teach courses on theory and/or methods. Advanced quantitative skills preferred. The candidate will also build bridges with other relevant units across the university including but not limited to African American Studies Program; Initiative on Cities; School of Global Studies; School of Public Health; School of Social Work; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) Program. Advanced tenure-track Assistant Professors will be considered.

Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research, and is committed to building a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse scholarly community. To apply, please submit

  1. a cover letter describing your teaching and research interests and professional experience;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. three samples of written or published work;
  4. a statement of your commitment to and experiences with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, research, and service; and
  5. three reference letters. Submit to Applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Further Info:
Deborah Carr:
(617) 353-2591
100 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215

Job Posting: Associate Professor at Boston University Questrom School of Business

Associate Professor Opening / Boston University Questrom School of Business

The Boston University Questrom School of Business invites applications for a full-time, endowed, tenured professorship at the Associate Professor rank. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2021. This is a school-wide, cross-departmental hiring initiative. We especially welcome connections to strategic emphasis areas at Questrom including health, digital business and analytics, social impact, risk management, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Candidates with particularly strong scholarly records in functional business areas (accounting, finance, marketing, management and organizations, business economics, operations, information systems, and strategy) will also be considered.  We seek emerging thought leaders with an international reputation for both substantive and theoretical contributions to the business disciplines, and an agenda for “research that matters.” Our search includes candidates with deep expertise in any of the business disciplines, as well as those whose interests and engagements broaden beyond the silos of single core business disciplines.

The Questrom School of Business believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our research and academic programs. To that, we are especially eager to have join our ranks a colleague who supports our institutional commitment to ensuring BU is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and a place where all constituents can thrive. The Questrom School of Business seeks to continue diversifying our faculty, student and staff ranks, recognizing that diversity of experience and thought deepens the intellectual endeavor.

Successful candidates will have an established record as productive and impactful scholars, thought leadership and international reputation for substantive and theoretical contributions to business, potential for faculty engagement including cross-departmental relationships, and evidence of, and interest in, service leadership in the School, University, and disciplines. Collegiality and a collaborative spirit are a must.


Applications should include a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, three reference letters, and up to three recent publications or white papers in electronic (PDF) format. Applications will remain open until the positions are filled, and applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To ensure full consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply early. Interviews will commence in September 2020 for a July 1, 2021 start.

CONTACT: Andy King
Questrom Professor in Management
Professor of Strategy & Innovation
Boston University Questrom School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA  02215

Please visit our website at for more information about the Boston University Questrom School of Business.We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Posting: TT and Postdoc at UNC, Chapel Hill

The Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to be participating in the following two searches, one at the tenure-track assistant professor level and one at the postdoctoral level:

1)           Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

2)           The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity:

Please pass these links along to potential candidates; thank you! For questions about either of the searches, please email Jennifer Eissing, Department of Sociology, at:

Member Publication: Gendered Logics of Biomedical Research: Women in U.S. Phase I Clinical Trials

Please check out the recent publication by OOW members Marci D. Cottingham and Jill A. Fisher. “Gendered Logics of Biomedical Research: Women in U.S. Phase I Clinical Trials.” Social Problems. Online first.


Despite the importance of including diverse populations in biomedical research, women remain underrepresented as healthy volunteers in the testing of investigational drugs in Phase I trials. Contributing significantly to this are restrictions that pharmaceutical companies place on the participation of women of so-called childbearing potential. These restrictions have far-reaching effects on biomedical science and public health. Using 191 interviews collected over three years, this article explores the experiences of 47 women who navigate restrictions on their participation in U.S. Phase I trials. Women in this context face a number of contradictory criteria when trying to enroll, which can curtail their participation, justify additional surveillance, and deny pregnant women reproductive agency. The pharmaceutical industry’s putative protections for hypothetical fetuses exacerbate inequalities and attenuate a thorough investigation of the safety of their drugs for public consumption. We use the framework of “anticipatory motherhood” within a gendered organizations approach to make sense of women’s experiences in this context.

Member Publication: Occupations and Inequalities in the 21st Century: What’s in your Wallet?

Please check out the recent publication by OOW member Kevin T. Leicht. 2020. “Occupations and Inequalities in the 21st Century: What’s in Your Wallet?Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Online First.


The study of occupations as a locus for social stratification research has a long and distinguished history in sociology. The authors in this issue present different perspectives on the current and future role of occupations as a foundation for inequalities research. This introduction provides a context for understanding how and why occupations became a focus of inequalities research, especially in the Post-World War II English-speaking world. I then discuss some of the economic changes that have led some to question where occupations stand as a vehicle for analyzing social inequality, and then turn to a summary of the contributions to this issue. This summary is framed as a friendly family debate between those who wish to “fix and refurbish” the old reliable occupational perspective and those who think that researchers should “trade in” the old perspective for one focusing on firms and jobs. My review of the contributions to this issue suggests several avenues for future research including (1) new efforts to improve the quality of occupational coding, (2) a renewed focus on local labor markets as a better representation of where most people find employment, (3) an examination of whether occupational structures mattered more for explaining social inequalities in prior historical periods compared to the present, (4) examinations of how and where occupations matter cross-nationally, and finally (5) a renewed focus on units of measurement that people actually carry around with them and spend (dollars, euros, etc.) as opposed to logged earnings and socioeconomic status points. In an age of record high and rising inequality, the core question of social stratification research really comes down to “What’s in your Wallet”?

Member Publication: The case for an inhabited institutionalism in organizational research: interaction, coupling, and change reconsidered

Please check out the recent publication by OOW members Tim Hallett and Amelia Hawbaker. 2020. “The Case for an Inhabited Institutionalism in Organizational Research: Interaction, Coupling, and Change Reconsidered.” Theory and Society, Online First.


This paper makes the case for an inhabited institutionalism by pondering questions that continue to vex institutional theory: How can we account for local activity, agency, and change without reverting to a focus on individual actors—the very kinds of actors that institutional theory was designed to critique? How is change possible in an institutional context that constructs interests and sets the very conditions for such action? Efforts to deal with these questions by inserting various forms of individual, purposive actors into institutional frameworks have created inconsistencies that threaten the overall coherence of institutional theory and move it farther from its sociological roots. To provide alternative answers, we turn to the growing line of work on “inhabited” institutions. Our exegesis of this literature has two goals. The first goal is to shift focus away from individuals and nested imagery and towards social interaction and coupling configurations. This move opens new avenues for research and helps to identify the spaces—both conceptual and empirical—and the supra-individual processes that facilitate change. This shift has important theoretical implications: incorporating social interaction alters institutional theory, and our second goal is to specify an analytic framework for this new research, an inhabited institutionalism. Inhabited institutionalism is a meso-approach for examining the recursive relationships among institutions, interactions, and organizations. It provides novel and sociologically consistent means for dealing with issues of agency and change, and a new agenda for research that can reinvigorate and reunite organizational sociology and institutional theory.