My research program centers on workers’ evaluations of their employment prospects. What types of jobs are workers willing to take? What causes them to fear for their jobs? What makes them feel confident they could find another job? How adaptable are workers? My interest in this area derives from the structural changes over the last forty years that have slowly shifted labor market risks from governments and employers onto workers. My goal is to understand how workers have adapted to these changing risks.
I received my PhD in Sociology in May 2015. My dissertation examines how institutions impinge on workers’ evaluations of labor market risks and comprises three journal-style papers:
“Changes in Market Risks and Market Protections: An Institutional Theory of Job Insecurity”
“The Worried Worker: Welfare State Policy and Affective Insecurity”
“The Relative Appeal of Temporary Work and Unemployment in Advanced Economies”
I research workers’ subjective experiences from an interdisciplinary and international perspective, combining sociology, psychology, and political science. Secondary interests include the job mobility of low-wage service workers and the objective qualities of precarious work.
Note: For the curious, the header image is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.