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Brian W. Halpin

Brian W. Halpin

Graduate Student

280 SS&H

Office Hours for Fall 2014 :

  • by appointment

Biography:

Education

PHD Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis 2015 (expected)

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

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

(High Honors)

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

Areas of Specialization

Work, Labor, Labor Markets, Political Economy, Ethnography

Qualifying Exam (Fall 2011) areas: Political Sociology and Sociology of Labor and Work

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

Publications

2014 Halpin, Brian (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

2013 Halpin, Brian. Two entries, "Harry Braverman (Deskilling)" and "Game Playing" for SAGE Sociology of Work Encyclopedia, Vicki Smith and J. Geoffrey Golson (eds.).

Under Review

2014 Halpin, Brian. "Subject To Change Without Notice: Mock Schedules and Flexible Employment in the United States." Social Problems (conditional accept)

Dissertation Prospectus

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

Papers in Progress

"Employability and Career Making in a Low-Wage Labor Market" with Vicki Smith

"Culinary Consent: Control and Cooperation of Undocumented Workers in the Food Service Industry.” (Advisors: Vicki Smith, Fred Block, and Luis Guarnizo)

“The Wagner Act and EFCA: State Policy Formation and Intellectuals.” With Jennifer Tyree-Hageman.

Presentations and Conferences

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. (August).

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.

Service to the Department

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

Teaching

Acting Instructor 2012-14

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

Sociology 100, Sociological Theory (Summer 2012)

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)

 

Research Clusters:

Social Transformations:
Sociology

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