Graduate Sociology at UAlbany

Areas of Specialization: Work, Labor Markets & Organizations


The University at Albany Sociology Department is an excellent place to study work, economy, and organizations. Several faculty focus their research in this area and many others address work-related themes in the context of research on family, community, gender, race/ethnicity, and demographic trends. Many graduate students choose a work- or organizations-related subfield as one of their two areas of specialization. The faculty have exceptionally broad research interests in this area, employ a wide range of methodologies in their research, and draw research questions from diverse theoretical orientations. Among the research topics that faculty and graduate students have addressed recently are: bureaucracy and its alternatives, cross-cultural comparisons of work and organizations, economic stratification, entrepreneurship and its social supports, institutionalization, gender and work, labor markets, the medical division of labor, occupational mobility, organizational innovation, racial-ethnic inequality in the workplace, the school- to-work transition, the state and its impact on organizations and institutions, and work and family issues.

Courses regularly taught in the Sociology Department

  • Soc 553 Social Stratification
  • Soc 642 Sociology of Work
  • Soc 654 Complex Organizations and Bureaucracy
  • Soc 666 Special Topics: Gender, Race, and Work

Other Special Topics Courses may be offered periodically, such as economic sociology, or occupations and professions, if there is student demand for them. Related courses are often offered in other departments and colleges as well, such as in public administration, business, history, and psychology.

Faculty in Work, Labor Markets, and Organizations: Popp Berman, BoseBrandon, Loscocco, Raffalovich, Spitze, Strully, Zetka

Recent Dissertations  

  • Overdyke, Renee. 2012. "Critical Mass on Campus: An Analysis of Race/Ethicity and Organizational Outcomes"
  • Hanna, Jeanine. 2011. “More Than A Gender Issue: Integrating Race Into the Analysis of Work-Family Balance Among Dual-Earner Couples”
  • Pais, Jeremy. 2010. “Multiethnic Labor Markets and Socioeconomic Mobility: A Career Trajectory Perspective"
  • Layne, China. 2010. "Losing the Competition: A Multi-Level Analysis of Over-Education in the United States, 1971-2006.
  • Bunyan, Laura A. 2009 "Modern Day Mary Poppins: Uncovering the Work of Nannies and the Expectations of Employers"
  • Branch, Enobong Hannah. 2007 "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Black Women, A Century in the Bottom Class, 1860 - 1960."
  • Mills, Laura. 2007. "Independent Consultants - A case study on a type of highly-skilled contingent labor"
  • Morett, Christopher. 2006. "Work, Flexibility, Work Culture and Gender."
  • Hulbert, Melanie. 2005. "Lessons From The Office: The Organizational Implementation of Work-Family Policies."
  • Nagi, Omar. 2005. "Productivity Measures as a Source of the Displacement of Social Goals."
  • McCormick, Charles. 2004. “The Big Project That Never Ends: Role and Task Negotiation Within an Emerging Occupational Community.”
  • Tice, Jennifer. 2004. “Harnessing Organizational Change: The Effect of Four Elements on Organizational Outcomes.”
  • Laube, Heather. 2003 “Professional Goals and Political Commitments: Challenges for Feminist Academic Sociologists.”
  • Popp, Anne Marie. 2003. “Childhood Nutrition Assistance Program: An Organizational Analysis.”
  • Torlina, Jeff. 2003. “The Meaning of Working for Working Class Men: Recasting the Image of Blue Collar Work.”
  • Wallingford, Kristen. 2003. “Markets, Networks and Identity: An Analysis of the Culturally Embedded Structure of Lesbian and Gay Businesses.”


-- October 2013