I am a sociologist and core member of the faculty in the Department of American Studies. My research follows two related trajectories: one in the area of racial and gender inequality in American workplaces and several collaborative projects developing different aspects of my methodological expertise—personal narrative analysis and ethnography.  My current project, based on oral histories and archival research, focuses on how clerical workers deploy social justice unionism to challenge racism and sexism at a large public university in "the long seventies."

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, 1991
  • MA: Sociology, University of California at Berkeley


  • Feminist theory
  • Gender
  • Affirmative action
  • Ethnography
  • Workplace and labor studies
  • Race
  • Social theory
  • Sociology of emotions
  • Research using personal narratives