Anna Haley-Lock, M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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
(608) 262-5766

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.   


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