Robin L. Leidner, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1988 

M.A., Northwestern University, 1983  

A.B., Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 1980 


SOCI 122 Sociology of Gender: for most recent syllabus, click here

SOCI 300 Senior Thesis Workshop: for most recent syllabus, click here 

Research Projects: 

Structures of employment, occupational community, and self-concept among theater artists. 

Non-traditional casting in theater: perceptions of salience and malleability of ascribed characteristics.



2006      “Identity and Work.” In Social Theory at Work, edited by Marek Korczynski, Randy Hodson, and Paul K. Edwards. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 424-463. 

2002      “Fast-food work in the United States.”  In Labour Relations in the Global Fast-Food Industry , edited by Tony Royle and Brian Towers.  London: Routledge, 8-29.

2001       On Whose Behalf?  Feminist Ideology and Dilemmas  of  Constituency."  In Identity Politics in the Women’s Movement, edited by Barbara Ryan.  NY:  New York University Press, 47-56.

 2001      “Manufacturing Consent Revisited.”  Contemporary Sociology, 30:5, September, 439-442.

 2001       “Who Speaks for Women?  Racial Exclusivity, Feminist Ideology, and the Dilemmas of  Constituency.”  In Problem of the Century: Racial Stratification in the United States, edited by

Elijah Anderson and Douglas S. Massey. NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 97-114.

1999        “Emotional Labor in Service Work.”  Annals, AAPSS: 561, 81-95, January 1999. 

1997        Featured review of Who’s Fit to Be a Parent? and Mothers and Their Children: A Feminist Sociology of Childrearing. Contemporary Sociology 26:1, January, 10-12. 

1996        "Rethinking Questions of Control: Lessons from McDonald's." In Working in the Service Society, edited by Cameron Macdonald and Carmen Sirianni.  Philadelphia: Temple University 

  Press, 29-49.

1994         "Motherly Concerns." Featured review essay (on Kaplan, Mother's Images of Mothering, Richardson, Women, Motherhood and Childrearing, Walters, Lives Together, Worlds Apart,

Lewin, Lesbian Mothers), Contemporary Sociology 23:6, 781-84.

1994         "Response to Gerber's 'Reshaping Democracy' and Sirianni's 'Feminist  Pluralism and Democratic Learning'" (essays in Forum on my article, "Constituency, Accountability, and

Deliberation: Reshaping Democracy in the National Women's Studies Association").  NWSA Journal 5:3. 

1993         Fast Food, Fast Talk: Service Work and the Routinization of Everyday Life, University of California Press.

                  Excerpted in Mapping the Social Landscape, ed. Susan J. Ferguson,  Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1996; Working inAmerica: Continuity, Conflict, and Change, ed. Amy S. Wharton,

Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1997, 2001; The Transformation of Work in the New Economy, eds. Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci, Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury, 2007.                                   

               Two Chinese language editions

1993         "Constituency, Accountability, and Deliberation: Reshaping Democracy in the National Women's Studies Association."  NWSA Journal 5:1, 4-27.

1993        Review, Making Fast Food by Ester Reiter, and Dishing It Out, by Greta Foff Paules, American Journal of Sociology 98:4, 942-44.

1992        Review essay, Feeding the Family, by Marjorie DeVault, Contemporary Sociology.  21:4, 440-2.

1991       "Serving Hamburgers and Selling Insurance: Gender, Work, and Identity in Interactive Service Jobs," Gender & Society., 5:4, 154-177.

                 Reprinted in:  The Sociology of Work, ed. Carol J. Auster, Pine Forge Press, 1996; Feminist Frontiers IV, eds. Laurel Richardson, Verta Taylor, Nancy Whittier, McGraw-Hill,

1996, 2001; Race, Class, and Gender in a Diverse Society: A Text-Reader, ed. Diana Kendall, Allyn & Bacon, 1997

1991      "Stretching the Boundaries of Liberalism: Democratic Innovation in a Feminist Organization," Signs 16:2, 263-289.

1988      "Home Work: A Study in the Interaction of Work and Family Organizations."  In Research in the Sociology of Work, Volume 4: High Tech Work, edited by Ida Harper Simpson and Richard

L. Simpson.  Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 69-94.