Assistant Professor, Sociology

Education

Ph.D. Sociology, Washington State University, 2012 
M.A. Sociology, Washington State University, 2008 
B.A. Sociology and Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2004 

Contact Information


Biography

Lindsey Trimble O’Connor recently joined the California State University Channel Islands as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She teaches and conducts research on gender, work, and social networks. 

O’Connor is interested in the effects of current workplace structures and cultures that proliferate the "ideal worker" norm—the norm suggesting that the best workers are available for work 24/7 and put in the most face time. She is particularly interested in identifying how the current rules of work disadvantage those who have caregiving responsibilities or need flexible work—in other words, people who do not fit the ideal worker model. For example, one study examines the work experiences of people who worked non-standard work schedules with those who had continuous full-time employment, and another study examined the deterrents to taking advantage of California’s Paid Leave program, which provides partial wage replacement to workers who take leave for caregiving responsibilities. 

O’Connor’s second area of research, including her dissertation, centers on peoples’ use of social network contacts, like friends, family members, and acquaintances, to search for jobs. Specifically, she is interested in identifying the factors that affect whether people help with others' job searches and how this job search strategy can reproduce labor market inequality (like occupational sex segregation). 

Before joining CSUCI, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She is a member of Clayman’s Redesigning and Redefining Work research group, an interdisciplinary team of researchers who study the impact of alternative working arrangements (e.g., flextime) on workers and businesses. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University in 2012.

Representative Courses Taught

  • SOC 410 Sociology of Gender & Sexuality
  • SOC 490 Special Topics: Social Networks and Inequalities
  • SOC 100 Intro to Sociology

Select Publications

  • Albiston, Catherine, and Lindsey Trimble O’Connor.  2016. “Just Leave.” Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 39: 1-65.

  • O’Connor, Lindsey Trimble, Julie A. Kmec, and Elizabeth C. Harris. 2015. “Giving Care and Perceived Discrimination: The Social and Organizational Context of Family Responsibility Discrimination.” Research in the Sociology of Work (Work and Family in the New Economy) 26: 249-276.

  • Kmec, Julie A., Lindsey Trimble O’Connor, and Scott Schieman. 2014. “Not Ideal: The Association between Working Anything but Full Time and Perceived Unfair Treatment.” Work & Occupations 41: 63-85
  • Shelley Correll, Erin Kelly, Lindsey Trimble O’Connor, and Joan Williams. 2014.  “Redesigning, Redefining Work.” Work & Occupations 41: 3-17.
  • Kmec, Julie, Lindsey Trimble O’Connor, and Scott Schieman. 2014. “Not Ideal: The Association between Working Anything but Full Time and Perceived Unfair Treatment.” Work & Occupations 41: 63-85.

  • Correll, Shelly, Erin Kelly, Lindsey Trimble O’Connor, and Joan Williams. 2014 “Redesigning, Redefining Work.” Work & Occupations 41: 3-17.

  • O’Connor, Lindsey Trimble. 2013. “Ask and You Shall Receive: Social Network Contacts’ Provision of Help during the Job Search.” Social Networks 35: 593-603.

  • O’Connor, Lindsey Trimble. 2013. “Ask and You Shall Receive: Social Network Contacts’ Provision of Help during the Job Search.” Social Networks 35: 593-603.

  • Trimble, Lindsey B. and Julie A. Kmec. 2011. “The Role of Social Networks in the Job Attainment Process.” Sociology Compass 5: 165-178.

  • Kmec, Julie A., Steve McDonald, and Lindsey B. Trimble. 2010. “Making Gender Fit and “Correcting” Gender Misfits: Sex Segregated Employment and the Non-Search Process.” Gender & Society 24: 213-236.

  • Kmec, Julie A. and Lindsey B. Trimble. 2009. “Does it Pay to Have a Network Contact?  Social Network Ties, Workplace Racial Context, and Pay Outcomes” Social Science Research 38: 266-278.

VITA

Curriculum Vitae

Keywords

Work and Labor Markets, Social Networks and Work, Gender, Occupational Race/Sex Segregation, Work Organizations, Work/Family Interface, Stratification, Poverty/Welfare