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.
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.
The 2020-2021 Editorial Team includes: Hyunsik Chun and Nino Bariola.