The Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association is led by a group of elected officers and council members. The current elected officers are featured below.
Chair: Alexandra Kalev (2020-2021), Tel Aviv University
Alexandra Kalev is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Tel-Aviv University. Kalev studies organizations, inequality, and public policy. With Frank Dobbin, Kalev develops an evidence-based approach to diversity management in corporations and universities. Current research looks at effective ways to reduce sexual harassment in corporations and universities. In research on Israel, Kalev studies the emergence and effects of diversity programs in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, the integration of Israeli-Palestinians in the Jewish economy, and the social construction of merit in high-tech organizations. Kalev is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Israeli Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and recently developed a Diversity Index, ranking demographic composition and pay gaps of the 20 largest private economy sectors in Israel. Kalev’s research has been published in leading U.S. academic journals, and major media outlets.
Chair-elect: Elizabeth Popp Berman (2021-2022), University of Michigan
Elizabeth Popp Berman is Associate Professor of Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan. Her work is at the intersection of organizations, economic sociology, and the sociology of science and knowledge; much of it focuses on recent U.S. history and emphasizes the role of public policy. her second book, Thinking Like an Economist: How Economics Became the Language of U.S. Public Policy, is currently under review; her first book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine, won several awards from the American Sociological Association and the Social Science History Association. She also has ongoing interests in higher education organizations and quantification processes.
Past Chair: Michael Sauder (2019-2020), University of Iowa
Michael Sauder is Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa, and Editor of Contemporary Sociology. His research specializes in the sociology of organizations, theory, culture, and inequality, and he is currently pursuing a project that proposes a sociological approach to the study of luck and inequality. With Wendy Espeland, he is the author of Engines of Anxiety: Educational Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability (Russell Sage Foundation, 2016), and his research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Administrative Science Quarterly.
Secretary-Treasurer: Giacomo Negro (2018-2021), Emory University
Giacomo Negro is Professor of Management and Organization (Goizueta Business School) and Professor of Sociology at Emory University. His research examines the role of perceptions, categories and boundaries in markets and organizations. He is the co-author of Concepts and Categories: Foundations for Sociological Analysis (Columbia University Press, 2019), and his research has also been published in outlets such as the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Adminstrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management and Organizational Science.