I received my BA in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1997 and my MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California-Irvine in 2000. In 2005, I accepted the position of Director of the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center at University of Washington. Shortly thereafter, I became involved with the NIH's National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences - Worker Training Program as a program grantee. For the next seven years I implemented targeted programs for precarious workers including tribal, minority, undocumented and ex-offender populations. My work challenged me to think deeply about the social, cultural and political factors affecting workers. Who has access to "good" jobs? How does a worker's background affect her/his opportunities? Questions like these led me to my current work that examines labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics, and policy.
My dissertation, which I will develop into a book manuscript, The Digital Evolution of Work: Implications to Job Quality and Long-Term Career Prospects, refocuses the consequences of contingent work in light of the new online platforms that broker work between employers and workers. The exemplars of these platforms, Uber and Upwork, rely entirely on technology to facilitate work, thus, effectively rendering jobs to tasks or gigs. Workers in this new “gig economy” have little to no connection to their employer and these jobs don’t offer predictable hours and wages, fringe benefits, or clear promotion paths. I am expecting to complete my PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Spring of 2018. Check out my CV for additional information.