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"A mind-expanding and landmark book.”

Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling

"I can’t think of a timelier and more critical book for the age we live in than The Last Human Job. Pugh gives us an insightful overview of challenges and a road map for the future.” 

Abraham Verghese, author, 

The Covenant of Water

"Takes automation discourse to the next level. In a crowded field, Pugh stands out. Exactly what is needed now in public debates on AI and labor.”—Frank Pasquale, author of New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI

Allison Pugh

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Allison Pugh is Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, Chair of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the 2024-25 Vice President of the American Sociological Association. She writes about how people forge connections and find meaning and dignity at work and at home. 

See here and here for media coverage of her work in the New York Times, the Atlantic, The Washington Post, and other outlets. See here for a selection of her pieces in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Aeon, The Harvard Business Review, and elsewhere.

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Other books by Allison Pugh

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About Longing and Belonging

  • Named one of the 12 most influential books on the family since 2000.

  • Winner, 2010 William J. Goode award.

  • Winner, 2010 Distinguished Contribution Award in Children & Youth

  • Finalist, 2010 C. Wright Mills Award

About Tumbleweed

"Provides important insights into the ways people react when their faith in hard work and individual responsibility runs up against the realities of work instability.  [It] shows us how people are struggling to rework their notions of obligations and ethics in an insecure world."  
American Prospect

About Beyond the Cubicle

"A brilliantly written and important book on work-family challenges in the new economy. A very engaging book that left me wanting to read more." 

News and Events

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  • See here for a recent appearance on NPR's "Here and Now"
  • Interview with Nora Young on "Spark" radio show, Feb 23
  • Upcoming talk, University of Texas at Austin, April
  • At The Corner Bookstore, NYC, June 4, 6 p.m.
  • Publication date for The Last Human Job: June 4
  • At Politics and Prose bookstore, Wash DC, June 8, 5 p.m.
  • More...
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