Associate Professor, Sociology

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

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Lindsey Trimble O’Connor is an Associate Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Program at CSUCI. Her areas of scholarly interest include gender, work, family, and social networks.

O’Connor research examines the effects of current workplace structures and cultures that proliferate the "ideal worker" norm—the norm that says 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. Her work has appeared in Gender & Society, Work & Occupations, Sociological Perspectives, and Social Science Research.

O’Connor joined CSUCI in 2013. Before joining CI, O’Connor worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University in 2012.

Representative Courses Taught

  • Soc 495/496 Capstone
  • Soc 450 Seminar
  • Soc 334 Gender & Sexuality
  • Soc 321 Research Methods in Sociology
  • Soc 202 Introduction to Social Research Methods
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Select Publications

  • Munsch, Christin, Lindsey Trimble O’Connor, and Susan R. Fisk. 2023. “Gender and the Disparate Payoff of Overwork.” Social Psychology Quarterly. OnlineFirst.
  • O’Connor, Lindsey Trimble, and Julie A. Kmec. 2020. “Is it Discrimination, or Fair and Deserved? How Beliefs about Work, Family, and Gender Shape Recognition of Family Responsibilities Discrimination.” Social Currents 7(3): 212-230
  • Downey, Dennis, Lindsey Trimble O’Connor, Leslie Abell, Daniel Armanino, Mark Jepson, Reha Kadakal, Sunghee Nam, Luis Sánchez, Elizabeth Sowers. 2019. “Navigating the Process of Curriculum Redesign in Sociology: Lessons from One Program.” Teaching Sociology 47(2).
  • O’Connor, Lindsey Trimble, and Erin A. Cech. 2018. “Not Just a Mothers’ Problem: The Negative Consequences of Workplace Flexibility Bias for All Workers.” Sociological Perspectives 61(5): 808-829.
  • Erin A. Cech and Lindsey Trimble O’Connor. 2017. “Like Second-Hand Smoke”: The Toxic Effect of Workplace Flexibility Bias for Workers’ Health.” Community, Work, & Family 20(5): 543-572.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.


Curriculum Vitae 


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

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