Lindsey Trimble O’Connor recently joined the California State University Channel Islands as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She teaches and conducts research on gender, work, and social networks.
O’Connor is interested in the effects of current workplace structures and cultures that proliferate the "ideal worker" norm—the norm suggesting that the best workers are available for work 24/7 and put in the most face time. She is particularly interested in identifying how the current rules of work disadvantage those who have caregiving responsibilities or need flexible work—in other words, people who do not fit the ideal worker model. For example, one study examines the work experiences of people who worked non-standard work schedules with those who had continuous full-time employment, and another study examined the deterrents to taking advantage of California’s Paid Leave program, which provides partial wage replacement to workers who take leave for caregiving responsibilities.
O’Connor’s second area of research, including her dissertation, centers on peoples’ use of social network contacts, like friends, family members, and acquaintances, to search for jobs. Specifically, she is interested in identifying the factors that affect whether people help with others' job searches and how this job search strategy can reproduce labor market inequality (like occupational sex segregation).
Before joining CSUCI, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She is a member of Clayman’s Redesigning and Redefining Work research group, an interdisciplinary team of researchers who study the impact of alternative working arrangements (e.g., flextime) on workers and businesses. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University in 2012.
Work and Labor Markets, Social Networks and Work, Gender, Occupational Race/Sex Segregation, Work Organizations, Work/Family Interface, Stratification, Poverty/Welfare