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2024 appearances

April 22: Austin, TX.  Department of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin

May 1: Organizational Behavior group, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

May 24: With Carolyn Hax!  Porter Square Books, Cambridge MA, 7 p.m.

May 30: New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville VA, 7 p.m.

June 4:  With Deborah Copaken! The Corner Bookstore, NYC, 6 p.m.

June 8:  With Nancy Bekavac! Politics and Prose Bookstore, Union market, Washington DC, 5 p.m.

June 17: With Mani Mokalla, MD!  Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN, 7 p.m.

June 27-29: Limerick, Ireland.  “Book salon” on The Last Human Job, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics meetings. 

July 9: Payomet Performing Arts Center, Truro, MA, 7 p.m.

July 17: Full Circle Bookstore, Oklahoma City, OK, 6:30 p.m.

Recent media appearances (selected)

"Being Human Now: Work." March 1: "Spark" with Nora Young, Canadian Broadcasting Company radio show.

"The world wants your kids to buy stuff. Here’s how to help them be less materialistic." (Vox, December 2024)

"Working conditions: Human Jobs." (With Good Reason radio show, June 2023). 

"Automated technology isn't going anywhere — and it's changing society" (USA Today, August 2017)

Past speaking engagements (selected keynotes and invited presentations):


2023. Invited participant, “Consultation on AI: Threats and Opportunities.”  St. George’s House, Windsor Castle, UK. October 19-20.

2019. Keynote speaker. “Real Work in the Virtual World” conference. Helsinki, Finland, August.
2016.  “Understanding Inequality: Children, Consumer Culture and Compassion.”  Keynote address.  Child and Teen Consumption Conference.  Aalborg, Denmark, April.
2013.  Keynote speaker and Jackson Memorial Lecture, “The Hidden Injuries of Childhood Inequalities.”  At the “Childhood and Diversity – Multiple childhoods?” conference of the International Association of Francophone Sociologists – Research Committee on the Sociology of Childhood, and the Canadian Sociological Association, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  June.
2013.  "Gender and the Emotional Geographies of Insecurity:  Managing the Unrequited Contract at Work and at Home."  Lecture to the Social Sciences Faculty, University of the Ruhr, Bochum, Germany.  June.
2013.  "The Coral Society: Reframing the Choice between Family Stability and Family Diversity."  Migra! Network, University of the Ruhr, Bochum, Germany.  June.
2013.  "The 'Common Sense' of Insecurity:  Cultural Strategies at Work."  University Rhein-Waal, Kleve, Germany, June; Faculty of Gender and Work, University of Bielefeld, Germany, July; Hans Böckler Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany, July.

National Presentations on Connnective Labor
2022.  ​Panel devoted to concept of "connective labor" at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Seattle, WA. November. 

2022. “The Stratification of Human Contact: The Present and Future of Connective Labor.” Sociology Department Distinguished Seminar series. University of British Columbia.  Sept 6.

2022.  Sociology Department Colloquium.  University of Pennsylvania.  April.
2021.  “Connective Labor as Meaning-Making: Recognition, Emotions, and Cultural Resonance.”  Department of Sociology culture workshop series, University of California, Santa Barbara, April.
2020.  “The Meaning Makers: Connective Labor, Automation and the Stratification of Human Contact.” Department of Sociology colloquium series. University of Southern California, February.
2019.  “Meaning, Machines and the Future of Connective Labor.” IAS Thursdays, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota.  November.
2018.  “Frameworks for an Inclusive Future of AI in Healthcare.” AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity (AiMIE) Symposium, Department of Medicine, Stanford University.
2018.  “The Automation of Connective Labor: On Shame, Inequality and AI.” Sociology Colloquium.  The New School for Social Research.  March 5.
​2017.  "Systematizing Human Connection: Contemporary Relationship Work."  Presidential Panel, Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) meetings, Philadelphia, February.
2017.  “Systematizing Human Connection: Contemporary Relationship Work.”  SCANCOR: Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research.  Stanford University Graduate School of Education.  May 8.
2017.  “Relational Work and Technology.”  Microsoft Research New England. Cambridge, MA.  April. 

National Presentations on Qualitative Methods

2022. “Culture, Contradiction and Resonance:  The Uses of Qualitative Methods for Work-Family Scholarship.”  Special Symposium “Insights from Qualitative Methods Practices in Work-Family Scholarship.” Work Family Researchers Network (WFRN) Biennial Conference.  New York, June.  

2022.  Ethnography Workshop.  Northwestern University.  February.
2020.  Invited Presenter. ASA webinar "Qualitative and Quarantined: Techniques and Ethics of Online Interview Research."  September.
2018.  “Beyond the ‘Trust Me’ Fallacy: Value, Rigor and Resonance in Qualitative Methods.”  Gender and Sexuality Workshop, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI, October.
2014.  “The Paradox of Voice:  What We Can Do with What People Tell Us.”  ASA Presidential Panel, "Methodological Disagreements: Comparing the Value of Qualitative Interviews and Participant-Observation." San Francisco, August.

National Presentations on Care and Families
2022.  Panelist, “The Sociology of the Family: Taking Stock of the Field and Imagining the Future.”  Organized by Kristen Schilt, University of Chicago on the 50th anniversary of the “Changing Women in a Changing Society” issue of the American Journal of Sociology. Zoom webinar, November 14.  
2022.  Expert Panelist. “Technological Futures of Care.”  Scholars-in-Dialogue session. Carework Virtual Symposium on “Moving Past Emergency Responses: Care as Essential Infrastructure.” March 3.


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