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.
Sarah Thebaud (2019-2022), University of California Santa Barbara
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.
James Chu (2019-2021), Stanford University (student representative)
James Chu is a PhD. candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. He is interested in key questions at the intersection of social stratification, economic and organizational sociology, and the sociology of education. His primary line of research investigates how social institutions foster inequality and conflict: What role do ranking systems play in the reproduction of unequal access to higher education? Do reputations introduce self-fulfilling cycles that widen achievement gaps among students? Do status hierarchies insulate people from aggression or expose them to it? He also examines how policy interventions can lead to social inequality and conflict, even when they are designed to do the opposite. He uses social network analysis, field experiments, and quasi-experimental methods of causal inference to test answers to these sociological questions.
Nina Bandelj (2018-2021), University of California, Irvine
Nina Bandelj is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research at the University of California, Irvine. Her research, which aims to uncover the social, political and cultural bases of economic processes, has been published in journals such as the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Theory and Society, and Socio-Economic Review. She recently edited Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works (Princeton University Press, 2017) with Frederick Wherry and Viviana Zelizer and has edited or wrote five additional books.
Tim Bartley (2018-2021), Washington University in St. Louis
Tim Bartley is Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, and he has previously held visiting scholar positions at Université Paris-Daupine’s Institute de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France), Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China), the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Köln, Germany), and MIT. He specializes in global political economy and governance, environment and sustainablility standards and work and labor standards. He recently published his book, Rules without Rights: Land, Labor, and Private Authority in the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2018) and has previously published in a number of academic journals, including the American Journal of Sociology and the American Sociological Review.
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.
The 2019-2020 Editorial Team includes: Hyunsik Chun and Nino Bariola.