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: Elisabeth Clemens (2017-2018), University of Chicago
Elisabeth Clemens is William Rainey Harper Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her scholarship explores organizational and institutional change in the context of American political development. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, she has published The People’s Lobby: Organizational Innovation and the Rise of Interest Group Politics in the United States, 1890-1925 (Chicago, 1997); and she has edited a number of volumes, most recently Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology (Duke, 2005) and Politics and Partnerships: Voluntary Associations in America’s Political Past and Present (Chicago, 2011). She is currently completing a book project, Civic Nation, which traces the tense but powerful entanglements of benevolence and liberalism in the development of the American nation-state.
Chair-Elect: 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.
Past Chair: Mark Suchman (2016-2017), Brown University
Mark Suchman is Professor of Sociology at Brown University. Suchman’s research interests center on the relationship between law, innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the information technology, nanotechnology, and healthcare sectors. He is currently writing a book on the role of law firms in Silicon Valley, and he is midway through a multi-year project on the organizational, professional and legal challenges surrounding new information technologies in health care. In addition, he has written on organizational legitimacy, on inter-organizational disputing practices, on the “internalization” of law within corporate bureaucracies, and on social science approaches to the study of contracts.
Secretary-Treasurer: Alaz Kilicascan (2017-2018 Interim Appointee), Boston University
Alaz Kilicaslan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Boston University. His research interests include sociology of medicine, economic sociology, organizations, professions and expertise, and science and technology. His research examines the restructuring of work and workplace relations in professional fields. Kilicascan’s dissertation uses ethnography to study the healthcare reform in Turkey and how it unfolds in different organizational settings, with a specific focus on the shifting work patterns of medical professionals.