The Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association is led by a group of elected officers and council members. The current council members are featured below.
Melissa Wooten (2017-2020), University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Melissa Wooten is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research lies at the theoretical intersections of organizations, social movements, and education. Her book, In the Face of Inequality: How Black Colleges Adapt (SUNY Press, 2015) uses historically black colleges as an empirical context to investigate how the social structure of race and racism affect an organization’s ability to acquire the financial and political resources it needs to survive.
Michael McQuarrie (2017-2020), London School of Economics
Michael McQuarrie is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics. His research is primarily concerned with the transformation of urban politics, governance, and civil society since 1973. He demonstrates this both by showing how the meaningful content of political values and practices, such as community and participation, have been transformed, but also how these changes are linked to the changing nature of governance, changing organizational populations, and the outcome of political conflicts. He has authored numerous articles and co-edited two volumes on related themes: Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City (with Michael Peter Smith), and Democratizing Inequalities: The Promise and Pitfalls of the New Public Participation (with Caroline Lee and Edward Walker, 2014). Currently, McQuarrie is preparing a book manuscript entitled The Community Builders which summarizes his research on the trajectory of community-based organizations in urban authority and governance over the last forty years.
Lisa E. Cohen (2015-2018), McGill University
Lisa Cohen is an associate professor of organizational behavior at Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. Cohen’s current research focuses on questions about how tasks are bundled into jobs and jobs bundled into organizations: how and why jobs and organizations look the way they do, how they change, and how they influence organizational success? Most recently she has examined these issues in startups. She has ongoing projects examining hiring and unusualness in top management structure of startups. Her research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review and Organization Science.
Ofer Sharone (2015-2018), University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Ofer Sharone is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research focuses on career transitions, work and unemployment. His studies are primarily cross-national comparisons and utilize in-depth interviews and participant observations. He is the author of Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences (University of Chicago Press, 2014). His current research with the Institute for Career Transitions focuses on strategies for supporting long term unemployed job seekers.
Elizabeth Popp Berman (2016-2019), University at Albany, SUNY
Elizabeth Popp Berman is an associate professor of sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research is situated at the intersection of economic sociology, the sociology of knowledge and science & technology studies, and it focuses on recent U.S. history (1960s to 1980s) and emphasizes the role of public policy. Berman is the author or Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine (Princeton University Press, 2012), and she is currently working on a book project entitled, Thinking Like an Economist: How Economics Became the Language of U.S. Public Policy (Princeton University Press, under contract).
David Pedulla (2016-2019), Stanford University
David Pedulla is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. His research interests include race and gender stratification, labor markets, economic and organizational sociology, and experimental methods. Specifically, his research agenda examines the consequences of non-standard, contingent, and precarious employment for workers’ social and economic outcomes as well as the processes leading to race and gender labor market stratification. David’s research has appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and other academic journals.
Josh Seim (2017-2018 Student Representative), University of California, Berkeley
Josh Seim is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on how a fragmented American state manages social marginality, and he is especially interested in the lived experiences of both governed and governing actors. His dissertation uses ethnographic and statistical methods to reimagine the ambulance as an institution that regulates the urban poor. From this research, he outlined a “labor theory of poverty governance” within a paper published by the American Sociological Review. This paper was the 2017 winner of OOW’s James D. Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award. Seim has also published his research in Teaching Sociology, Punishment and Society and Prehospital Emergency Care.
Benjamin Shestakofsky is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Scholars Strategy Network Graduate Fellow, and Dissertation Fellow at the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. His research centers on how digital technologies are affecting work and employment, organizations, and economic exchange. His most recent article has been published in Work and Occupations.
The 2017-2018 Editorial Team includes: Emily Bryant, Sarah Mosseri and Benjamin Shestakofsky.