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Professor of Sociology

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  • ASA/NSF Award –Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline grant, October 2011: “Fostering New Perspectives in the Sociology of Work.” Co-PI’s: Don Tomaskovic-Devey, Vincent Roscigno, and Beth Rubin. Awarded. $6250. Funds used to host a conference at Northeastern in early December.
  • Elected Chair, Organizations, Occupations, and Work (OOW) Section of the American Sociological Association, 2011-2012. Founded the section blog at
  • Elected member of the Publications Committee, American Sociological Association. 2011-2013
  • Elected Secretary/Treasurer, Organizations, Occupations, and Work (OOW) Section of the American Sociological Association, 2001-2004.
  • Visiting Scholar, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Ann Arbor MI, Summer 1990.
  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1987-1988.
  • John C. Russell Fellowship for Graduate Study, Rutgers University, 1974 1975.
  • Departmental Honors, Brooklyn College, 1973.
  • New York State Regents Scholarship, 1969 1973.
  • S.P. Vallas. 2016. “Working Class Heroes or Working Stiffs? Domination and Resistance within Business Organizations.” Research in the Sociology of Work, 28, 1.
  • Joan Meyers and S.P. Vallas. 2016. “Diversity Regimes in Worker Cooperatives: Workplace Inequality under Conditions of Worker Control.” The Sociological Quarterly (published on line at doi: 10.1111/tsq.12114).
  • S.P. Vallas. 2015. “Accounting for Precarity: Recent Studies of Labor Market Uncertainty.” Contemporary Sociology 44, 4: 463-69.
  • S. P. Vallas and Emily R Cummins.* 2015. “Personal Branding and Identity Norms in the Popular Business Press: Enterprise Culture in an Age of Precarity.” Organization Studies (Journal of the European Group on Organization Studies). 36, 3 (March): 293-319.
  • S.P. Vallas and Emily Cummins.* 2014. “Relational Models of Organizational Inequalities: Emerging Approaches and Conceptual Dilemmas.” American Behavioral Scientist 58(2): 228–255
  • S.P. Vallas and Chris Prener.* 2012. “Dualism, Job Polarization, and the Social Construction of Precarious Work.” Work and Occupations 39, 4 (November): 331-53.
  • S.P. Vallas and Andrea Hill.* 2012. “Conceptualizing Power in Organizations.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 34: 165-197.
  • S. P. Vallas, Daniel L. Kleinman and Dina Biscotti. 2011. “Political Structures and the Making of U.S. Biotechnology.” In Fred Block and Matthew R. Keller, eds, State of Innovation: The U.S. Government’s Role in Technology Development. Boulder CO: Paradigm.
  • S.P. Vallas, Emily Zimmerman and Shannon N. Davis. 2009. “Enemies of the State? Testing Three Models of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 27, 4 (December): 201-217.
  • S. P. Vallas and Daniel L. Kleinman. 2008. “Contradiction, Convergence and the Knowledge Economy: The Confluence of Academic and Industrial Biotechnology.” Socio-Economic Review 6, 2 (April): 283 – 311.
  • S. P. Vallas. 2006. “Empowerment Redux: Structure, Agency, and the Re-Making of Managerial Authority.” American Journal of Sociology 111, 6 (May): 1677-1717.
  • S. P. Vallas. 2003. “The ‘Knitting of Racial Groups’ Revisited: Re-Discovering the Color Line at Work.” Work and Occupations 30, 4 (November): 379-400.
  • S. P. Vallas. 2003. “The Adventures of Managerial Hegemony: Ideology, Teams, and Worker Resistance.” Social Problems 50, 2 (May):204-225.
  • S. P. Vallas. 2003. “Why Teamwork Fails: Obstacles to Workplace Change in Four Manufacturing Plants.” American Sociological Review 68, 2 (April):223-50.
  • Education

    PhD, Sociology
    Rutgers University, 1983

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