Allison Pugh is Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching aim to produce what we might consider ethnographies of capitalism. She focuses on the cultural terrain of how people adapt in their intimate lives to broad socio-economic trends such as increasing insecurity, commercialization, overwork, and risk.
This fall, Prof. Pugh is finishing up her second book, The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity (Oxford University Press), an analysis of “insecurity culture,” specifically how job insecurity and inequality intersect to shape the way working parents respond to the ‘common sense’ that obligations and relationships are fleeting at work and at home. She is also editing a volume of other scholars’ work on the broader impacts of rampant insecurity, entitled Beyond the Cubicle: Insecurity Culture and the Flexible Self (Oxford). In addition, Pugh is writing on the broader theoretical contributions of the social studies of childhood, specifically, how analyzing inequality on the basis of age allows us new purchase on central questions in social science. She is also conducting preliminary research on a new project studying how multi-parent LGBT and heterosexual step-families manage the cultural challenges of childrearing across households in environments that vary in their legal recognition of third-parent rights. Prof. Pugh’s first book, Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture (University of California Press, 2009), was awarded the 2010 William J. Goode award for the best book in the Sociology of the Family and the Distinguished Contribution award from the ASA’s section on the Sociology of Children and Youth; it was also a finalist for the 2010 C. Wright Mills award.
Prof. Pugh spent the summer in Germany as the Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor for International Gender Studies at the Ruhr University in Bochum, and is an honorary research fellow at 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. Prof. Pugh teaches family, culture, gender, work, childhood and qualitative methods.