People

Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Allison Pugh

PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY

Allison Pugh is Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching focus on collisions of economic life and intimacy. Her current research, recently awarded NSF support, explores the rationalization – and automation – of service work that relies on relationship. Her 2015 book The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity (Oxford) is a study on the broader impacts of job precariousness, specifically how gender and class inequality shape the effects job insecurity has on intimate life.  In 2016, Oxford published an edited volume entitled Beyond the Cubicle: Job Insecurity, Intimacy and the Flexible Self, including contributions from sociologists Kathleen Gerson, Eva Illouz, and Christine Williams among others, exploring job insecurity and intimacy in multiple contexts. 

Pugh’s first book, Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture (University of California Press 2009), documented how children and parents manage the commercialization of childhood.  It won the 2010 William J. Goode award and the 2010 Distinguished Contribution from the ASA section on children and youth.  She has also written about the significance of children and childhood for mainstream social science, and about the theoretical benefits and best practices of interpretive interviewing.

In 2016-17, Pugh served as a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  Pugh was the 2013 Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor for International Gender Studies at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, and a 2010-2011 research fellow of the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia.  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Bankard Fund for Political Economy.

At Virginia, Prof. Pugh teaches family, culture, gender, work, childhood and qualitative methods and is advisor to a slew of outstanding graduate students. She also organized/founded the UVa Field Methods Workshop (2013-present); the Intimacy Lectures (2015-16); and the Sociology Ethnography Workshop.  She gives talks to both academic and lay audiences on the scaling up of humane work, the impact of job insecurity, consumption and children, and contemporary family life, and she maintains a twitter feed @allison_pugh.

 

Selected Publications

Books

Articles

Blair-Loy, Mary, Arlie Hochschild, Allison J. Pugh, Joan C. Williams, and Heidi Hartmann.  2015. “Stability and Transformation in Gender, Work, and Family:  Insights from The Second Shift for the Next Quarter Century.” Community, Work and Family. 18 (4), 435-454.

Pugh, Allison J.  2014. “The Theoretical Costs of Ignoring Childhood: Rethinking Independence, Insecurity and Inequality.” Theory and Society.  January 2014, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 71-89. 

Pugh, Allison J. 2013.  “What Good Are Interviews for Thinking About Culture? Demystifying Interpretive Analysis.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology. Vol. 1 Issue 1 (February): 42-68.

Pugh, Allison J.  2014.  “The Divining Rod of Talk: Emotions, Contradictions and the Limits of Research.”  (Reply to comment by Stephen Vaisey).  American Journal of Cultural Sociology. Vol. 2, Issue 1 (February): 159-163.

Pugh, Allison J. 2011. "Distinction, Boundaries or Bridges?: Children, Inequality and the Uses of Consumer Culture."  Poetics, Volume 39 (1):1-18.  February.

“Selling Compromise:  Toys, Motherhood and the Cultural Deal.”  Gender & Society 19:729-749.  (December 2005)

“Windfall Childrearing:  Low-Income Care and Consumption.”   Journal of Consumer Culture  4 (2):  229-249  (July 2004).

Office

University of Virginia Sociology Department
Randall 210
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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Phone | Fax

(434) 924-6510 | (434) 924-7028

Web

www.allisonpugh.com

Email

ap9cd@virginia.edu

Courses

Undergraduate Level

  • SOC 2052 (252) - Sociology of Family
  • SOC 3180 - Sociology of Emotions
  • SOC 3290 (329) - Sociology of Childhood
  • SOC 412 - Care, Inequality & the Market
  • SOC 4510 - Topics in Sociology of Work
  • SOC 4559 - Love, Sex, Sociology

Graduate Level

  • SOC 5140 (514) - Qualitative Methods
  • SOC 5056 (556) - Sociology of Culture
  • SOC 5057 (557)- Sociology of Family
  • SOC 5320 - Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 7980 - Graduate Research Workshop

University Seminars

  • USEM 180 - Fear, Risk and Modernity: The Sociology of Safety