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Brian W. Halpin

Brian W. Halpin

PHD Candidate

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Office Hours for Spring 2015 :

  • by appointment

Biography:

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Education

PHD Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis 2016 (expected)

M.A. Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis 2010.

B.A. Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley 2007.

(High Honors, Distinction in General Scholarship)

A.A. College of Marin, Kentfield, CA 2005.

Areas of Specialization

Work, Labor, Labor Markets, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Sociological Theory, Ethnography

Qualifying Exam: Political Economy and Sociology of Labor and Work

Committee: Fred Block (chair), Vicki Smith, Luis Guarnizo, Chris Benner (UC Santa Cruz), Kim Voss (UC Berkeley)

Publications

2015 "Subject To Change Without Notice: Mock Schedules and Flexible Employment in the United States." Social Problems 62(3): 419-438.

2014 (with Vicki Smith) “Low-wage Work Uncertainty often Traps Low-wage Workers.” Policy Brief, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/policy-brief/low-wage-work-uncertainty-often-traps-low-wage-workers

  • This research was featured on Capitol Public Radio (Insight), Talk 650 KSTE, in the Sacramento Bee, Merced Sun-Star, Central Valley Business Times, Daily Democrat, and on websites and blogs, including Bloomberg Businessweek, World News Network, Human Resource Executive Online, California Department of Housing and Community Development, Phys.org, and Wopular.

 

2013 “Harry Braverman” and “Game Playing.” Pp. 44-46 and 311-312 in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia. Vicki Smith (ed.). Sage.

Dissertation

"From Precarity to Employability: Third Wave Marketization and the Commodification of Labor" Committee: Vicki Smith (Chair), Fred Block, Chris Benner

My dissertation analyzes how workers in the secondary labor market confront precarious employment relations, how they manage risk, uncertainty and employment precarity while pursuing economic and social mobility. I use interview and ethnographic data from three theoretically relevant case studies (first-generation immigrants; unemployed workers utilizing One-Stop Job Centers) in Northern California, and engage in a cross-class comparative analysis with literature on the strategies of middle-class and professional workers.

Papers in Progress

"'Work like it's your first day everyday': Low-wage Workers' Strategies for Managing Employment Precariousness." (With Vicki Smith). Under review at Research in the Sociology of Work.

"Nonstandard Work and Workers" (With Vicki Smith). In the Handbook of Politics of Labour, Work and Employment. Gregor Gall (ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing.

"The Politics of Recognition: Stigma, Prestige and Game Play in Precarious Work." (With David Orzechowicz).

Presentations and Conferences

2015 "'Work like it's your first day everyday': Low-wage Workers' Strategies for Managing Employment Precariousness." Section Session. American Sociological Association Meeting. Chicago, IL.

2014 “Rhetoric and Reality: Employability and Career Making in a Low-Wage Labor Market.” Invited Presentation. UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Graduate Student Retreat. Sonoma, CA.

2014 “Making Careers and Staying Employed: Employability in a Low-Wage Labor Market.” Roundtable. American Sociological Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2014 “Rhetoric and Reality: Employability and Career Making in a Low-Wage Labor Market.” Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meeting. Thematic Session Low-Wage and Marginalized Workers. San Francisco, CA.

2014 “Rhetoric and Reality: Employability and Career Making in a Low-Wage Labor Market.” International Labour Process Conference. London, UK.

2013 “‘It’s not about your needs it’s about the employers’: Neoliberal Employment Regimes and the Fictitious Commodification of Labor.” California Sociological Association Annual meeting. Berkeley, CA.

2011 “Culinary Consent: Control and Cooperation of Undocumented Workers in the Food Service Industry.” American Sociological Association annual meeting. Organizations, Occupations, and Work panel session: Work, Power, and Inequality. Las Vegas, NV

2011 “Culinary Consent: Control and Cooperation of Undocumented Workers in the Food Service Industry.” UC Davis Sociology Dept. Social Inquiry Workshop. Davis, Ca.

2010 “The Wagner Act and EFCA: State Policy Formation and Intellectuals.” With Jennifer Tyree-Hageman. UC Davis Graduate Student Research and Development Conference. Davis, CA.

Honors, Awards, Distinctions

2014 UC Davis & Humanities Graduate Research Award, University of California Davis.

2014 Dean's Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence Award, University of California Davis.

2013 Graduate Student Block Grant. Department of Sociology, University of California Davis.

2013 Graduate Student Research Grant. Department of Sociology, University of California Davis.

2012 UC Davis Center for Poverty Research Graduate Student Research Fellowship. (with Vicki Smith)

2011 Graduate Student Travel Grant. Department of Sociology, University of California Davis.

2011 Mayhew Award for Best Qualifying Paper. Department of Sociology, University of California Davis.

2009 Graduate Student Block Grant. Department of Sociology, University of California Davis.

Teaching

Acting Instructor 2012-14

Sociology 11, Labor and Employment (Spring 2013, Spring 2014)

Sociology 100, Sociological Theory (Summer 2012, Summer 2015)

Sociology 159, Work and Employment (Summer 2013, Summer 2014)

Teaching Assistant 2008-2014

Sociology 1, Introduction to Sociology (7 times)

Sociology 2, Self and Society (1 time)

Sociology 11, Labor and Employment (2 times)

Sociology 100, Sociological Theory (1 time)

Sociology 118, Political Sociology (1 time)

Sociology 140, Stratification (1 time)

Sociology 159, Work and Employment (2 times)

Professional and Department Service

2013-present UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Graduate Student Research Affiliate

2013-present Editorial Associate. Theory and Society

2013 Roundtable Organizer. Economic Sociology Section, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting

2013 Organizer. Graduate Student Research and Development Conference, Department of Sociology, University of California Davis

2012 Organizer. Graduate Student Research and Development Conference, Department of Sociology, University of California Davis

2011-2012 Graduate Student Representative. Graduate Program Committee, University of California Davis

2010-2011 Graduate Student Representative. Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of Sociology, University of California Davis

 

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