Ofer Sharone

Mitsubishi Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor of Work and Employment Research

Biography | Selected Publications

“Social Capital Activation and Job Searching: Embedding the Use of Weak Ties in the American Institutional Context.” Work and Occupations. Forthcoming (2014)

Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences. University of Chicago Press. Winner: 2014 Viviana Zelizer Award: best book, Economic Sociology Section, ASA. Winner: 2014 Max Weber Award: best book, Organizations, Occupation, Work (OOW) Section, ASA. Honorable Mention: 2014 Mary Douglas Prize, Best Book, Culture Section, ASA (2013)

“Why Unemployed Americans Blame Themselves While Israelis Blame the System.”  Social Forces.  91(4): 1429-1450.  Selected for publication in the “Best Paper Proceedings” of the 2011 Academy of Management.  (2013)

“Constructing Unemployed Job Seekers as Professional Workers: The Depoliticizing Work-Game of Job Searching.” Qualitative Sociology. 30(4): 403-416. (2007)

“Berkeley’s Betrayal: Wages and Working Conditions at Cal,” co-authored with Gretchen Purser and Amy Schalet. Berkeley: University Labor Research Project. 2004. Excerpted in Introduction to Sociology, edited by Anthony Giddens, Mitchell Duneier, and Richard Appelbaum. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. (2005)

“Engineering Overwork: Bell-Curve Management at a High-Tech Firm,” in Fighting for Time: Shifting Boundaries of Work and Social Life, edited by Cynthia Fuchs Epstein and Arne L. Kalleberg. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. (2004)


Contact Information
Office: E62-340
Tel: (617) 253-7483
Fax: (617) 253-2660
Support Staff
Name: Katherine Bertman
Tel: (617) 253-8515

General Expertise
Hiring, Recruitment; Job searching, Negotiations; Unemployment; Work-life balance