Benjamin Shestakofsky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Education: 

Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
M.A. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley 2014
B.A. Sociology and American Studies, Wesleyan University, 2005

Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

Benjamin Shestakofsky’s research centers on how digital technologies are affecting work and employment, organizations, and economic exchange. His book project, Working Algorithms, draws on 19 months of participant-observation research at a high-tech startup company to investigate how relations between workers and technology evolved over three phases of the firm's development. The findings show how the dynamism of the globalized organizations in which software algorithms are produced and implemented will contribute to human labor’s enduring relevance in the digital age. An article based on this project has been published in Work and Occupations; another was awarded the James D. Thompson Award for an Outstanding Graduate Student Paper by the ASA's Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work. Manuscripts in progress examine the social construction of online markets; how diverse sets of users are brought in line with—and challenge—a digital platform’s design; and the relationship between venture capital, organizational cultures, and organizational change.

Benjamin’s research has been supported by the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. His work has been featured in the Financial Times and in a publication of the World Economic Forum. Benjamin is a member of the international editorial board of Work and Occupations.

Contact Information: 

E-mail: bshesta@upenn.edu
Office: McNeil 228