Professor of Sociology
University of Virginia






Allison Pugh is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia.

Pugh researches and teaches about contemporary work and relationships. In 2019-20, she will serve as a USC Berggruen fellow, writing a book about the standardization – and automation – of work that relies on interpersonal connection. Her research for this book, supported by the National Science Foundation, has taken her from observing therapy sessions in Virginia to juvenile detention classrooms in California to robots in Japan. She is the author of The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity (2015), a study of the effects of job precariousness on intimate life, and the editor of Beyond the Cubicle: Job Insecurity, Intimacy and the Flexible Self (2016). Her first book, Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture (2009), won multiple best book awards and was widely reviewed. In 2016-17, Pugh served as a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. She has been a visiting scholar in Germany, France and Australia, and her writing on work, relationships and inequality has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, Aeon and other outlets.

Read more about Pugh’s expertise and her work as a researcher on her website.

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