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Work and the Global Economy

A Specialization of NC State's Ph.D. in Sociology Program


The Work and the Global Economy specialization offers an understanding of social processes embedded in production, consumption, and distribution of goods, services, and economic rewards. Faculty in the area study social relations and behavior in workplaces and markets, their relationship to inequality across class, gender, race/ethnicity and space, and the interplay between these processes and the broader global economic, political, and cultural context.

Graduate Courses

  • Work and Industry (SOC 752): examines the historical evolution of worker control techniques, their influence on individuals’ psychological well-being, and the nature and impact of worker resistance. Special emphasis is placed on class, gender, race and global disparities.
  • Economic Sociology (SOC 754): explores how economic actors, institutions, and processes are embedded in social networks and operate in distinct global, historical, and cultural contexts. The class focuses on how this embeddedness ultimately structures power and inequality in markets.
  • Global Institutions and Markets (SOC 755): examines the dynamics of the global production processes, focusing in particular how they shape and are shaped by globalization, neoliberalism, and other important aspects of their organizational, political, cultural, and natural environments. 


  • Contact Information: 1911 Building, Room 362; (919) 515-0452;
  • Current Research Interests: Sociology of Food; Globalization/International Political Economy; Sociology of Community; Environmental Sociology; Research Methods
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  • Contact Information: 330 1911 Building; (919) 513-0289;
  • Current Research Interests: Social Stratification and Mobility; Work and Organizations; Education; Social Demography, Spatial Inequality
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  • Contact Information: 1911 Building, Room 326; (919) 515-0446;
  • Current Research Interests: Culture; Markets and Politics; Organization Theory; Social Movements; Globalization/Localization; Food; Consumers and Consumption; Sustainability; Law and Society; Qualitative Methodologies
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  • Contact Information: 321 1911 Building; (919) 515-9004;
  • Current Research Interests: Life Course; Research Methods; Family Sociology; Transition to Adulthood; Sociology of Work and Occupations; Social Stratification
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  • Contact Information: 337 1911 Building; (919) 515-9028;
  • Current Research Interests: Social Stratification and Mobility; Social Networks; Work and Labor Markets; Life Course
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