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.
Erin Cech (2020-2023), University of Michigan
Erin Cech is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Prior to UM, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford and was on faculty at Rice University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC San Diego and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Sociology from Montana State University. Cech’s research seeks out seemingly benign cultural mechanisms of inequality reproduction—particularly around gender, sexual identity and racial/ethnic inequality in STEM and cultural definitions of “good work” and “good workers.” She has served on the editorial boards of American Sociological Review and American Journal of Sociology and was honored in 2020 as one of 40 LGBTQ leaders under 40 by Business Equality Magazine.
Vincent Roscigno (2020-2023), The Ohio State University
Vincent J. Roscigno is Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences in Sociology at Ohio State University. His recent research foci and current projects focus on the impact of workplace relations and hierarchy, race and gender discrimination at work, and educational and mobility barriers for first-generation college students. Some of these interests are reflected in his two books, The Voice of Southern Labor (2004) and The Face of Discrimination (2007) and in recent articles that have appeared in American Journal of Sociology, Socius, City & Community, Research in the Sociology of Work, Work & Occupations and Gender & Society.
Sarah Thebaud (2019-2022), University of California Santa Barbara
Sarah Thébaud is Associate Professor of Sociology and faculty affiliate of the Broom Center for Demography and the Technology Management Program at the University of California—Santa Barbara. The central goal of her research is to identify and understand the organizational and social psychological processes that account for especially persistent forms of gender inequality. Recent and ongoing projects examine how organizational norms and practices and/or stereotypic beliefs about men’s and women’s traits and abilities matter for understanding phenomena such as men’s overrepresentation in science, engineering and entrepreneurship, the household division of labor, and gendered patterns of workplace authority. Her research has been published in journals such as the American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Social Forces and Sociological Methods and Research and has been featured in high-profile media outlets.
LaTonya Trotter (2019-2022), Vanderbilt University
LaTonya Trotter is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. She is an ethnographer and medical sociologist who explores the relationship between changes in the organization of medical work and the reproduction of social inequality. Her book, More than Medicine: Nurse practitioners and the problems they solve for patients, health care organizations, and the state (Cornell University Press, 2020) describes how a group of nurse practitioners expand the medical encounter to include a mix of health, social, and coordination problems—illustrating the ways in which these providers are not just filling-in for absent physicians, but are filling in for the absence of the state in attending to the problems of poverty and unequal access to health care.
Nino Bariola (2022-2024), University of Texas at Austin (student representative)
Nino Bariola is a PhD Candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a Graduate Fellow of the Urban Ethnography Lab. Nino’s dissertation research investigates status orders and inequality in the transnational field of cuisine. Other projects examine the gendered logics of artistic fields, bureaucratic corruption, and the market for breastmilk. His interests include the political and cultural dynamics of markets, culture, food, work and organizations, gender and racial inequalities, and illegal and taboo markets.
Amy Binder (2022-2025), University of California San Diego
Amy Binder is Professor Sociology at the University of California San Diego. She studies higher education from political, organizational, and cultural perspectives. In 2013, she published Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives, which catalogues not only the issues and ideologies that animate college-age conservatives, but also the civil and provocative styles that dominate different university campuses, which are, themselves, the result of unique campus-level organizational and cultural features. Binder and her co-author Jeffrey Kidder will publish The Channels of Student Activism: How the Left and Right Are Winning (and Losing) in Campus Politics Today In Spring 2022. Their new book studies students spanning the left, right, and center on four public university campuses in the two years after Donald Trump was elected president. A central focus of the research is to look at how students on the left are largely mobilized by university spaces, while students on the right have much more contact—and opportunities—with well-resourced organizations off campus.
Rachel Dwyer (2022-2025), The Ohio State University
Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Population Research at The Ohio State University. She studies the causes and consequences of rising inequality and insecurity in the United States. She has contributed a series of institutional analyses of job polarization, care work, and economic restructuring in US labor markets, including as intersecting with race-ethnic and gender disparities in job quality. In related work, she analyzes credit, debt, and inequality, and the relationship between financialization and economic insecurity. Her published work on these issues has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Science Research, Gender & Society, and Social Problems, among other outlets.
The 2022-2023 Editorial Team includes: Diana Enriquez and Anthony Huaqui.