Postdoc Position: The School of Labor and Employment Relations at The University of Illinois

School of Labor and Employment Relations
Chicago Labor Education Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The School of Labor and Employment Relations at The University of Illinois invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Scholar with the Project for Middle Class Renewal in our Chicago office.  This is a 12 or 24-month position that begins sometime in Spring, 2023. The Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) was established in the fall of 2015 with the goal of promoting policy analysis, scholarly research and scholar-practitioner exchanges on employment related issues. The Project’s focus is broadly on job quality, employment policy, the labor market, precarious work, industries, labor unions and collective bargaining. The Post-Doctoral Scholar will contribute to PMCR’s ongoing research to advance innovative ways to measure employment quality and the labor and employment trends impacting middle and working-class families and workers.


·         Conduct high quality research on work and employment quality, industries and occupations, labor market institutions, and employment policies affecting all workers.

·         Contribute to research reports to inform policymakers, practitioners and the public.

·         Present research findings with PMCR team at national and regional conferences

·         Provide training and education for the Labor Education Program staff from the research.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, such as labor and employment relations, labor economics, work sociology or social work, industrial-organization psychology, or geography/urban studies They should have a record of conducting and publishing research aligned with the PMCR’s interests. Applicants should have the demonstrated capacity to design, collect, clean, and analyze large observational, primary, and secondary datasets, such as the US Current Population Survey (CPS) with statistical software. Ability to interpret and project trends affecting workers, employment relations, the labor market, employment related policies, labor unions, and role of collective bargaining. Candidates should have well-developed quantitative or mixed methods research skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Knowledge of labor unions, collective bargaining processes, labor markets, economic trends, public policies and the future of work. Strong interest in measuring job quality, including its determinants, disparities among jobs and workers and developing indexes. Experience using STATA regression tools, Qualtrics surveys, Excel, and qualitative text mining, such as DiscoverText, and conducting impact analysis using IMPLAN.

 Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Position is 100% time in our Chicago office for a period of 12 or 24 months.   To find out more about the benefits and resources available at the university and Urbana-Champaign community, please visit Benefits

PROPOSED STARTING DATE: Proposed starting date is early Spring, 2023, but potentially flexible.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information: 
 To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references by January 31.  For more information, contact Professor Robert Bruno, or 312-996-2491.  You may also visit for additional information. 

Summer Workshop: Summer Workshop for a New Political Economy, at UC Berkeley

The Network for a New Political Economy at UC Berkeley is hosting a week-long summer workshop for early career sociologists (Phd degree date 2012 or later) to gather, share their work, and think through what political-economy might look like in contemporary sociology. We are hoping to attract those who already work in what they think of as political-economy as well as those who hope to connect their work in related areas. 

The workshop will take place between June 18-June 24th, 2023 at UC Berkeley and $4,000 will be given to cover expenses while at the workshop. 

Application Due Date:  March 1, 2023

The application website can be found here:

New Journal: Journal of Organizational Sociology

We are happy to announce the new Journal of Organizational Sociology, which has just launched and is now open for submissions:

The Journal of Organizational Sociology is intended to be a worldwide forum for scholarly debate that encompasses everything pertaining to the nexus between organization and society. It is published in association with the Research Committee “Sociology of Organization” (RC17) of the International Sociological Association. The Journal of Organizational Sociology is published Open Access with no costs for authors and readers. The first issue will appear in 2023. Submissions featuring mainstream perspectives in organizational sociology are as welcome as articles that advance or apply alternative sociological perspectives.

The basic idea was to create a journal that is specifically organization-sociological, that is truly international, and that embraces all theory traditions and debates. The Journal of Organizational Sociology is not a journal for sociologists only, but for everyone who works sociologically with organizations, no matter which formal affiliation they might have. The Journal of Organizational Sociology features a diverse board of Associate Editors which consists of sociologically working scholars from differing countries and with different theoretical, methodological, and thematic backgrounds and interests:


Michael Grothe-Hammer, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Robert Jungmann, Trier University, Germany

Associate Editors

Nadine Arnold, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Henri Bergeron, Sciences Po, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CSO), CNRS, Paris, France
Stewart Clegg, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Lucius Couloute, Suffolk University, USA
Damian O’Doherty, University of Liverpool & University of Manchester, UK
Talia Esnard, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Mary Godwyn, Babson College, USA
Ming-Sho Ho, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Robert van Krieken, University of Sydney, Australia
Sean Lauer, University of British Columbia, Canada
Thiago Duarte Pimentel, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Maria Victoria Sanagustín Fons, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Maria Manuel Serrano, University of Évora, Portugal
Mikaela Sundberg, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE), & Stockholm University, Sweden
LaTonya J. Trotter, University of Washington, USA

Advisory Board

Göran Ahrne, Stockholm University, Sweden
Paul du Gay, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, & Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Silvia Gherardi, University of Trento, Italy
Raimund Hasse, University of Lucerne, Switzerland
Michael Lounsbury, Alberta School of Business, Canada
Arnold Windeler, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Xueguang Zhou, Stanford University, USA

Social Media Editor

Dzifa Ametowobla, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

So, if you work sociologically with organizations, consider submitting to the new Journal of Organizational Sociology. We are awaiting your submissions!

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the chief editors Michael Grothe-Hammer ( or Robert Jungmann (

Postdoc Position: Postdoctoral Researchers at AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization, Sciences Po

General information

Position Definition: Post-doctoral researcher

Location: The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po in Paris, France

Type of contract: Temporary contract

Contract duration: 24 months

Expected hiring date: 1 September 2023

Work time: full-time

Required degree level: PhD in Sociology, Political Science, Economics, or related fields

Application deadline: January 31st, 2023

Learn more about the position and eligibility criteria here.

Applications are invited for two 2-year Postdoctoral Research Positions at the AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po in Paris, France, starting on 1 September 2023.

The purpose of AxPo’s research program is to bring together research in sociology, political science, and economics on multiple forms of polarization which may contribute to the fragmentation of democratic market societies. AxPo will notably focus on socio-economical and socio-political polarizations, and their interrelations.

Qualified candidates will have a background in Sociology, Political Science, Economics, or in related disciplines, i.e. History, Geography, etc.

For further information about AxPo’s postdoctoral research program, see

The annual gross salary will be 40,400 €. Employment in France guarantees full access to healthcare and other social security benefits.

To be eligible, candidates must have defended – or be due to defend – their PhD between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2023. Sciences Po’s working languages are English and French, and speaking French is not a requirement for the position.

The postdoctoral researchers will be expected to undertake research within AxPo’s academic area, broadly defined. Postdoctoral researchers will participate in all academic activities organized by both AxPo Observatory and their host research center in Sciences Po: research seminars, workshops, conferences, etc., and will have the opportunity to organize meetings and workshops on subjects related to their own research.

The deadline for receipt of applications and letters of recommendation is 23.59 EST on Tuesday 31st January 2023.

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed [at the beginning of March] and interviews are expected to take place by Zoom in mid-late March 2023].

The online application form is available here:

Call for Papers: Future of Activism Research Workshop (April 21 & 22, 2023), Sponsored by the Ford Center of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Social movement activism continues to play a prominent role in politics, business, and culture. On the politics side, movements such as Black Lives Matter on the left and the Covid policy resistance movement on the right have been prominent. In business, #MeToo has significantly shaped workplace policies at the same time that the labor movement has experienced a resurgence. Culturally, activism has bled into the kinds of media we consume and become an integral part of individuals’ online lives. These movement “moments” have been accompanied by new types of resources (e.g., transnational organizational networks) and tactics available to activists (e.g., social media campaigns). Now is a good time to reflect on the question of: what next? The purpose of this conference will be to highlight new scholarship on social movement activists who are shaping our political, economic, and cultural worlds, with a key focus on how these worlds are being reshaped by technologies and changes to social and conventional media. We are also interested in the changing ideological landscape of social movements, including the consequences of polarization.

On April 21 and 22, 2023, at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, we will convene a small number of scholars in a workshop to present and discuss their research on the current and future directions of activism. The conference will be an intimate gathering and will allow for rich and in-depth discussion of the papers. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please submit a 1-2 page abstract by January 30. You can upload your abstract at this link ( The abstract should contain a description of both the empirical context, theoretical perspective, and analytic approach of the paper. Prior to the workshop, we will ask participants to share a working paper with all other workshop participants. The Ford Center will provide lodging and subsidize the travel costs for one author of each paper presented at the workshop. We expect to accept between 10-12 papers. If you have any questions about the workshop, feel free to reach out to the organizers, Brayden King ( and Ed Walker (

New Publication: Inequality and the Status Window: Inequality, Conflict, and the Salience of Status Differences in Conflicts over Resources

New Publication by Kevin T. Leicht at RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Read the article here.

Abstract The study of the relationship between social status and inequality has a distinguished history. Inequality scholars outside this tradition have paid more attention to social status in response to a set of seemingly persistent paradoxes that defy easy explanation. I add to the tradition by developing the concept of status windows and status windows overlap to partially account for differences in the relationship between social status and inequality processes in low- and high-inequality environments. These concepts are tied to the functioning of social status in creating and maintaining inequality and to the characteristics of social networks that develop in (especially) high-inequality environments. I examine how the concepts of status windows and status window overlap can help explain some paradoxes in responses to heightened social inequality and recommend that research focus on understandings of status windows and status windows overlap to understand why social inequality continues unabated in some places.

Job Posting: Executive Director of the Climate Jobs Institute (CJI), the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois

The School of Labor and Employment Relations invites applications for the inaugural Executive Director of the Climate Jobs Institute (CJI). The successful candidate will provide visible and compelling leadership to establish the Institute’s reputation as a state, national and global leader in research on workforce, societal and economic impacts of moving toward a cleaner energy future.  Newly established and funded by the Illinois Legislature in 2022, the Climate Jobs Institute will produce high-quality, reliable, and accurate quantitative analysis and research on labor, employment, and the broader social and economic impacts of decarbonization. The Climate Jobs Institute’s research and educational programming will support the State of Illinois’s transition to a strong, equitable decarbonized economy. As the State has established itself as an early mover within the U.S. on these issues, the research conducted by the CJI also stands to have considerable impact on other federal, state and local policies beyond Illinois, making this a particularly timely and exciting opportunity.

Learn more and Apply:

Announcement: OOW Virtual Panels on Intersectionality and Climate Crisis

The American Sociological Association’s section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work (OOW) presents two virtual panels:

Organizational Lenses on Intersectionality

Friday, February 3, 2023

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Register here:


Koji Chavez, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

Adia Harvey Wingfield, Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Ethel Mickey, Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino

Oneya Okuwobi, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Megan Tobias Neely, Assistant Professor, Copenhagen Business School


Melissa Abad, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab

OOW Perspectives on the Climate Crisis

Friday, March 3, 2023

1:00 – 2:15 EST



Dana Fisher, University of Maryland

Author of American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave (Columbia University Press), “Shifting coalitions within the youth climate movement in the US” (Politics & Governance), and many other contributions

Natasha Iskander, New York University

Author of Does Skill Make Us Human? Migrant Workers in 21st-Century Qatar and Beyond (Princeton University Press), “Climate change and work: Politics and power” (Annual Review of Political Science), and many other contributions

Jill Lindsey Harrison, University of Colorado

Author of From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice within Government Agencies (MIT Press), “Transition tensions: mapping conflicts in movements for a just and sustainable transition” (Environmental Politics), and many other contributions

J. Mijin Cha, Occidental College

Author of “A Just Transition: Why Transitioning Workers into a New Clean Energy Economy Should Be at the Center of Climate Change Policies” (Fordham Environmental Law Review) and many other contributions

Harland Prechel, Texas A&M University

Author of “Neoliberal Organizational and Political-Legal Arrangements and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S. Electrical Energy Sector” (Sociological Quarterly), Normalized Financial Wrongdoing: How Re-regulating Markets Created Risks and Fostered Inequality (Stanford University Press), and many other contributions

Moderated by:

Tim Bartley, Washington University in St. Louis

Simone Domingue, University of Oklahoma

Call for Papers: EGOS 2023– Sub-theme 61: “Problems or Solutions? Emerging Technology, Equity & Inclusion at Work”

We would like to bring to your attention to the sub-theme on “Problems or Solutions? Emerging Technology, Equity & Inclusion at Work,” which we are convening as part of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) 39th annual colloquium in Cagliari, Italy. The conference will take place on July 6-8, 2023.

Our purpose is to bring together researchers interested in emerging technology, organizations, and equity, with a special interest on both the inherent biases and promising solutions emerging technology might bring. For this gathering, we welcome papers from different perspectives, regions, and disciplines.

If you are interested, we encourage you to submit a short paper (3,000 words) before January 10, 2023. You can access the full call for papers here:

And the detailed instructions for submission can be found at:

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact:

Lindsey Cameron (Wharton, UPenn),

Pamela Hinds (Stanford),

Elise Mattarelli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy and San Jose State University),

New Publication: Within-job gender pay inequality in 15 countries

Led by Andrew Penner, the Comparative Organizational Inequality Network (COIN) has published a paper in Nature, Human Behaviour  that compares gender pay gaps and their firm, occupation, job segregation components and within job pay gaps using administrative data for fifteen countries. 

Read the article here.

Abstract Extant research on the gender pay gap suggests that men and women who do the same work for the same employer receive similar pay, so that processes sorting people into jobs are thought to account for the vast majority of the pay gap. Data that can identify women and men who do the same work for the same employer are rare, and research informing this crucial aspect of gender differences in pay is several decades old and from a limited number of countries. Here, using recent linked employer–employee data from 15 countries, we show that the processes sorting people into different jobs account for substantially less of the gender pay differences than was previously believed and that within-job pay differences remain consequential.