Assistant Professor of Sociology, McGill University

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University, with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously I was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, and an American Sociological Association-National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin– Madison.

I am a comparative historical sociologist interested in the study of class, politics, social movements, and institutional change. I have published research on class conflict and organizational change in the Teamsters union, the effect of Walmart on retail sector wages, conceptions of class identity, and labor union development in the U.S. and Canada. My book, Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Prior to embarking on an academic career, I spent seven years working as a union organizer in the U.S. and Canada.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, McGill University
  • 2014–2015
    Postdoctoral associate, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
  • 2012–2014
    ASA-NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Education

  • 2012 
    University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.
  • 2005 
    University of California, Berkeley, MA
  • 1996 
    Oberlin College, AB

Publications

  • 2015
    Class vs. Special Interest: Labor, Power, and Politics in the United States and Canada in the Twentieth Century, Politics & Society
  • 2014
    Class Formation and Class Identity: Birth, Death, and Possibilities for Renewal, Sociology Compass
  • 2009
    "Upon This (Foundering) Rock": Minneapolis Teamsters and the Transformation of U.S. Business Unionism, 1934-1941, Labor History
  • 2007
    Firm Entry and Wages: Impact of Wal-Mart Growth on Earnings Throughout the Retail Sector, UC Berkeley IRLE Working Paper

Professional Memberships

  • American Sociological Association
  • Social Science History Association
  • Canadian Sociological Association