A brief video on my research on unemployment.

Aliya Hamid Rao

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University.   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, based on my dissertation on unemployment amongst American professionals, is forthcoming in 2020 with the University of California Press. My research appears, or is forthcoming, in 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. 


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