Pamela Popielarz: What I’m up to now (spring 2018)

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Pamela Popielarz

I’m teaching 
Soc/Mgmt 447 (Organizations), which covers the history of the corporation, basic theories and concepts on organizations, recent changes in employing organizations and employment relations, and critiques of management. Undergraduate students come from a variety of majors: sociology, other social sciences, and management.

Soc 540 (Critical Approaches to Management & Bureaucracy) is a graduate seminar in which we are reading about (1) organizational legacies of racial inequality, (2) the politics of organizational forms, and (3) how universities are becoming neoliberalized, corporatized and more managerial.

I’m currently working on
A book about nineteenth century fraternal orders for white men, specifically the Freemasons and the Knights of Pythias. I am analyzing how their structures and practices changed during the industrial revolution, in order to demonstrate how organizations can create durable economic inequalities by race and gender.
Right now I am specifically writing about the various formal and informal ways fraternal orders maintained racial homogeneity and the long-term implications of such work for racial inequality and racial domination. I presented an early version of the paper in February at the Mini-Conference on Race & Organizations, held by the Eastern Sociological Society.

I recently published
A paper showing how fraternal lodges in Indiana used the methods of finance capitalism early in the nineteenth century. Because these organizations were gender- and race-exclusive, I argue that they acted as places where white men learned these methods, and also helped to gender and racialize the institution of finance capitalism. The paper was published in Business History.

A paper comparing immigrants and non-immigrants in terms of their social networks and community organization memberships. My co-author on the paper was Tünde Cserpes, a former graduate student in our department. We used data from the CAS 2010, which were collected in suburban Chicago. The paper was published in Social Networks.

My office hours are
Thursdays 2:00-4:00 pm in 4150 BSB.

See Pamela Popielarz’s full bio on the UIC Sociology website here.


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