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Dr. Petrucci's research lies at the intersections of work and organizations, critical management studies, labor movements, and race, class and gender. She has particular expertise in the areas of low-wage work and unpredictable scheduling, knowledge work and STEM occupations, workplace equity, and community organizing. Her peer-reviewed work has been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review; Women, Politics & Policy; Gender, Work & Organization; Labor Studies Journal; Environmental Justice; and Sociological Perspectives, in addition to reports published for the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon, The Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois, the Urban Institute, the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, the Center for Public Democracy, and In the Public Interest.
Describes the long, irregular, badly paid and too often unpaid hours home-based childcare providers work to care for the children of Oregon’s working class families.
Conducts a discourse analysis of a large Northwestern research university’s official communications regarding sexual violence for a 15-month time frame. Finds, through close reading of these communications, that alongside high levels of criticism in the spring of 2014 over the university's handling of a high-profile rape case, the university advanced inconsistent and contradictory discourses of risk and responsibility in its communications regarding sexual violence.
Draws on data from in-depth interviews conducted in Oregon in 2016, this study expands research on how workers navigate through “bad jobs” by exploring the ways in which they respond in an attempt to manage the individual impacts of precarious work arrangements. Finds that workers respond to unpredictable scheduling in four ways: they acquiesce, self-advocate, quit, or directly oppose employers. Highlights the “impossible choices” workers face as they negotiate prevalent, unpredictable work conditions, juggle work-life obligations, and struggle to remain employed.