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: 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.
Chair-elect: 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.
Past Chair: Emily Barman (2018-2019), Boston University
Emily Barman is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University. Her scholarship focuses on the social organization of altruism and philanthropy, examining how societal factors can impede, facilitate and/or structure socially-oriented activity and shape the goals and methods of social purpose organizations. She is the author of Contesting Communities (Stanford University Press, 2006) and Caring Capitalism: The Meaning and Measure of Social Value in the Market (Cambridge University Press, 2016), as well as numerous articles published in American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Management Studies and Social Forces, among others.
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.