Office Hours for Spring 2015 :
- Tuesdays, 10-12
- Fridays, 9-11
- By appointment
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
- Organizations, Work, and Employment
- Field Methods
Current Research Projects
Vicki Smith focuses 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. Her two-volume encyclopedia on the sociology of work was recently published by Sage and has been selected by Choice magazine as a 2013 "Outstanding Academic Title."
She has 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 http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/policy-brief/low-wage-work-uncertainty-often-traps-low-wage-workers), a meta-review of the practice of researching work for a Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment, edited by Stephen Edgell, Heidi Gottfried, and Edward Granter; and a paper for a volume in honor of the memory of Randy Hodson, one of the world's most distinguished sociologists of work.