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Jill Ann Harrison

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-5177
  • Office: 717 PLC
  • Office Hours: Summer 2019: By appointment only
  • Interests: Work and Organizations, Place and Environment, Microsociology and Interaction, Qualitative Approaches
  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Harrison received her B.A. in Sociology from Youngstown State University in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Ohio State University in 2009. Her research focuses on the local effects of globalization, deindustrialization and environmental change. Her book Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization (ILR Press 2012) examines Louisiana shrimp fishers’ responses to the collapse of their industry due to the recent flood of foreign, farm-raised shrimp into the US market. The book casts a bright light upon the cultural importance of the work that we do, revealing the heterogeneous survival mechanisms employed by people whose work-life and culture is under siege by environmental and economic change. She is currently working on a follow-up to her book that focuses on how Louisiana shrimp fishers have responded to the 2010 BP oil spill disaster. Additionally, within the broader frame of working class studies, she also studies the Rust Belt revival to further probe the connections between work, place, and identity. Professor Harrison's research has been published in American Sociological ReviewSocial Forces, and Social Currents

Research Interests

  • work, economy, and organizations
  • place and environment
  • globalization and social change
  • labor movements
  • ethnography
  • working class issues and identities

Teaching Areas

  • sociology of work and occupations
  • social psychology
  • microsociology
  • organizations 
  • ethnography & qualitative methods

Selected Publications

Harrison, Jill Ann. Forthcoming 2017. “Rust Belt Boomerang: The Pull of Place in Moving Back to a Legacy City.” City and Community.

Harrison, Jill Ann, Steven H. Lopez, and Andrew Martin.  2015. "Rethinking Organizational Decoupling: Fields, Power Struggles, and Work Routines." Social Currents 2(4):1-20. 

Harrison, Jill Ann. 2012. Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press.

Hughes, Melanie, Lindsey Peterson, Jill Ann Harrison, and Pamela Paxton. 2009. Power and Relation in the World Polity: The INGO Country Network Score, 1978-1998. Social Forces 87(4):1711-42.

Cornwell, Benjamin and Jill Ann Harrison. 2004. “Union Members and Voluntary Associations: Membership Overlap as a Case of Organizational Embeddedness.” American Sociological Review.  Vol. 69(6): 862-881.