Dan Clawson's research focuses on labor movements and labor policy in the U.S., and their impact on the well-being of families. Dr. Clawson's research is very widely cited and well received outside academic circles, as well as having had an immense impact within his discipline. He has served as president of the faculty union and the Massachusetts Society of Professors (affiliated with the National Education Association), and as
editor of the journal Contemporary Sociology and co-editor of the Rose Series in Sociology. He is a former national chair of Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice (SAWSJ), which worked to connect intellectuals and the labor movement, and was chair of the Labor and Labor Movements section of the American Sociological Association. His sole, co-authored or edited books include The Next Upsurge: Labor and the New Social Movements, Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy, Money Talks: Corporate PACs and Political Influence, Required Reading: Sociology's Most Influential Books, Bureaucracy and the Labor Process: The Transformation of U.S. Industry 1860-1920 and Work and Families: Expanding the Bounds. His articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, New Labor Forum, Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, Contexts, New Labor Forum, Industrial and Labor Relations Review and numerous other journals. His current project, with Naomi Gerstel, examines job hours and schedules in four health care occupations (physicians, nurses, nursing assistants and EMTs), and the ways workers do or do not contest those hours. He, along with Gerstel, has been selected to be a resident fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation for their project "Inequality in Work Hours and Schedules" during 2011-12.
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