Erin Cech is currently an assistant professor of sociology at Rice University. Her research investigates seemingly benign cultural mechanisms of inequality reproduction. She seeks out these mechanisms in gender and LGBTQ inequality in STEM, cultural definitions of “good work” and “good workers,” and popular explanations of inequality.
Roi Livne has just completed his Ph.D. at the University of California - Berkeley. Livne's research engages a variety of topics, including economic sociology, science and technology studies, medical sociology, mortality, and political sociology. His current project is on the U.S. economy of dying. Combining historical and ethnographic analyses of Hospice and Palliative Care clinicians, he investigates how economic and organizational constraints play into life-and-death decisions at the bedside.
Fabian Pfeffer is currently assistant research professor at the UM Survey Research Center (ISR). His main research interests are the comparative study of social inequality and its maintenance across time and generations. His current work focuses on wealth inequality and its consequences for the next generation, the institutional context of social mobility processes and educational inequality in the United States and other industrialized countries, and the transmission of inequality across multiple generations.