Steve Vallas

Steven Vallas

Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
education Ph.D., 1983, Sociology
Rutgers University
Mailing address 505 HO
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Selected Publications

Steven Vallas. 2012. Work: A Critique. Cambridge UK: Polity.

Steven Vallas. 2012. “The Sociology of Work and Employment.” In G. Ritzer, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Sociology. Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.

Steven Vallas and Andrea Hill. 2012. “Conceptualizing Power in Work Organizations.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations (forthcoming).

Steven P. Vallas, Emily Zimmerman, Shannon N. Davis. 2009. “Enemies of the State? Testing Three Models of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment. Review of Social Stratification and Mobility 27, 4 (December): 201-217.

Steven Vallas and Daniel L. Kleinman. 2008. “Contradiction, Convergence and the Knowledge Economy: The Confluence of Academic and Industrial Biotechnology.” Socio-Economic Review, 2 (2008).

Steven Vallas. 2006. “Empowerment Redux: Structure, Agency, and the Re-Making of Managerial Authority.” American Journal of Sociology, 111.6: 1677-1717.

Steven Vallas. 2003. “The Adventures of Managerial Hegemony: Ideology, Teams, and Worker Resistance.” Social Problems, 50.2: 204-225 (2003).

Steven Vallas. 2003. “Why Teamwork Fails: Obstacles to Workplace Change in Four Manufacturing Plants.” American Sociological Review 68, 2 (April): 223-50.

Selected Honors & Awards

ASA/NSF Award –Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline grant, October 2011: “Fostering New Perspectives in the Sociology of Work.” Co-PI’s: Don Tomaskovic-Devey, Vincent Roscigno, and Beth Rubin. Awarded. $6250. Funds used to host a conference at Northeastern in early December.

Elected Chair, Organizations, Occupations, and Work (OOW) Section of the American Sociological Association, 2011-2012. Founded the section blog at

Elected member of the Publications Committee, American Sociological Association. 2011-2013

Elected Secretary/Treasurer, Organizations, Occupations, and Work (OOW) Section of the American Sociological Association, 2001-2004.

Visiting Scholar, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Ann Arbor MI, Summer 1990.

Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1987-1988.

John C. Russell Fellowship for Graduate Study, Rutgers University, 1974 1975.

Departmental Honors, Brooklyn College, 1973.

New York State Regents Scholarship, 1969 1973.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

American Sociological Association

Southern Sociological Society

Society for the Study of Social Problems