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.
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.
Ken-Hou Lin, University of Texas Austin.
Ken-Hou Lin is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of “Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance.” Lin’s primary research projects examine how economic and demographic transformations reshape the distribution of resources. He also explores how the internet emerges as both a space and a tool to help understand contemporary societies. Lin’s research has appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, Social Forces, and Demography. His research projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
Laura Lopez-Sanders, Brown University
Laura Lopez-Sanders is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brown University.
Patrick Thomas Sheehan, University of Texas Austin
Patrick Sheehan is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.
The 2022-2023 Editorial Team includes: Dilan Eren, Anthony Huaqui, and Julia Stein Dessauer.