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Associate Professor of Sociology

Eileen Otis is Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research concerns globalization, service sector labor and gender in China. She is particularly interested in organizational methods and controls that convert material inequalities into status hierarchies in consumer service workplaces. Her award-winning book Markets and Bodies examines the “market-embodied” labor women perform global luxury hotels in China.

Eileen’s research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Politics and Society, Gender and Society, and The American Behavioral Scientist, among other journals. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Fairbank Center. She is currently working on a book about Walmart retail workers in China.

Before coming to Northeastern, Eileen was faculty in the sociology departments at SUNY Stony Brook and University of Oregon.

 

 

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2013. Distinguished Book Award. American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section for Markets and Bodies: Women, Service Work and the Making of Inequality in China. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

“Beyond the Industrial Paradigm: Consumer Markets and the Gender Politics of Labor in China’s Globalized Service Workplaces.” American Sociological Review 73:15-36.

2010. American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section, Distinguished Article Award. Honorable Mention.

2010. American Sociological Association, Asia/Asian America Section, Distinguished Article Award. Honorable Mention.