What is the meaning of work in an increasingly insecure world?


As a sociologist, Shelly Steward asks how people understand their position in a changing economy. Her dissertation examines insecure and flexible labor, asking how workers remain committed to their jobs in an era of flexible capitalism.



From oilfields to thrift stores to ski slopes, Shelly has researched work, culture, and class in a diverse array of contexts using a range of methods.


Passionate about pedagogy, Shelly works with students at UC Berkeley and Williston State College in North Dakota, teaching theory, methods, and more.