A brief video on my research on unemployment.

Aliya Hamid Rao

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics.  I completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University in 2018.


My research interests span the study of work and organizations, economic sociology, family, gender, and emotions. I use qualitative methods to understand social mechanisms which may facilitate, or impede, the production of inequalities at work and in families.


My first book, on the experiences of unemployed American professionals, is now available to order, including from the University of California Press. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Sociological Methods and ResearchWork, Employment and Society, Journal of Marriage and Family, Industrial and Labor Relations Review and Research in the Sociology of Work. My research has been covered in outlets such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, and Huffington Post. I have also written for mainstream publications like The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review and Quartz.


From professionals to professional mothers: how college-educated married mothers experience unemployment in the US

Failures of flexibility: how perceived control motivates the individualization of work-life conflict

Stand by your man: wives' emotion work during men's unemployment

Aliya Hamid Rao