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Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith

Professor and Department Chair

2261 SS & H
Office Phone: (530) 752-7746

Office Hours for Spring 2017 :

  • Spring 2017
  • Mondays 3-5 pm
  • Thursdays 9-11 am
  • By appointment


  1. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Organizations, Work, and Employment
  • Inequality
  • Field Methods

Current Research Projects

I focus primarily on changes in work and employment relationships, with an eye to how these changes create and perpetuate distinct forms of inequality and destablization for American workers. Past projects include the rise and institutionalization of temporary employment, workplace flexibility, worker participation programs, and how new labor market practices shape people's job search and employability strategies. My two-volume encyclopedia on the sociology of work was published by Sage and selected by Choice magazine (in 2014) as "Outstanding Academic Title" and by the American Library Association (in 2015) as a "Notable Business Reference Source."

I've been working on employability strategies of low-wage workers with Brian Halpin, UCD Sociology (funded by the UCD Poverty Research Center--view our Policy Brief here My review of research on employment uncertainty and risk was recently published in the Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment (edited by Stephen Edgell, Heidi Gottfried, and Edward Granter), as was my chapter in a volume of Research in the Sociology of Work in honor of the memory of Randy Hodson, one of the world's most distinguished sociologists of work (edited by Lisa Keister and Vincent Roscignio).

Recently, I was greatly honored to receive the 2016 Graduate Studies Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. The award was endowed by former Graduate Dean Jeffrey Gibeling and this is its inaugural year. Each year, one award will be given to a faculty member for mentoring graduate students and one will be given to a faculty member for mentoring postdoctoral fellows.

Research Clusters:


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University of California, 
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