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Anna Haley-Lock, M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Director/Director of Undergraduate Program
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003
M.A., University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, 1995
B.A., University of Michigan, 1991
Office Address:313 School of Social Work
Lower-wage and lower-skill employment; distribution of opportunity and inequality in the workplace; program and human resource management; nonprofit human services sector; organizational theory and behavior.
Anna Haley-Lock’s research uses theories of organizational structure and behavior to study the distribution of workplace opportunities for compensation, skill development, mobility, and work-life balance. Her interests center on investigating the factors that shape employers’ choices about designing and rewarding work, as well as the impacts of those choices on organizational performance, workforce stability and diversity, and family and community well-being. She utilizes a range of quantitative and qualitative methods in her research, and draws on perspectives from sociology, economics, and business for framing. She has been particularly focused on lower-wage and -skill jobs within both for-profit and nonprofit employment settings. Her current projects examine employment conditions within a big box retail chain and within chain and independent full-service restaurants, and the work-life interplay of mothers employed in human services and professional/managerial occupations.
Stabilizing Low-Wage Work: Legal Remedies for Unpredictable Work Hours and Income Instability. Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.(In Press).
Fitting It All In: How Mothers’ Employment Shapes their School Engagement. Community, Work and Family.(In Press).
Underwork, Work Hour Insecurity, and a New Approach to Wage and Hour Regulation. Industrial Relations.(In Press).
Addressing Working Poverty by Promoting Work Hour Security in Low-Wage Hourly Jobs. Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity.(2014).
Accounting for Job Quality in Women’s and Men’s Commute Time to Work: An Update to the “Household Responsibility” Thesis. Social Service Review. 87(1), 70 - 97.(2013).
Employment Opportunity for Workers Without a College Degree Across the Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit Sectors. Work and Occupations. 40(3), 281 - 311.(2013).
The Structural Contexts of Low-Wage Work: Restaurant Employment Practices Across Firm Geography, Size, and Ownership Status. Journal of Poverty. 16(4), 447 - 468.(2012).
Schedule Flexibility in Hourly Jobs: Unanticipated Consequences and Promising Directions. Community, Work & Family. 15(3), 293 - 315.(2012).
Waiting for the Minimum: US State Wage Laws, Firm Strategy, and Chain-Restaurant Job Quality. Journal of Industrial Relations. 53(1), 31 - 48.(2011).