Core Department Faculty

Mai, Quan

Mai QuanQuan Mai
PhD, Vanderbilt University in 2018

Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Office: Davison Hall, 049
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Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers University, Professor Mai earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Vanderbilt University. His works focus on three areas.

  1. Institutional drivers and consequences of precarious work in the new economy.

His current project uses a unique large-scale field experiment to explore how the intersection of work, race, and space shapes different facets of labor market stratification. In a related project, his study in Research in the Sociology of Work analyzes how labor market institutions and economic conditions shape the distribution and severity of precarious work in 32 European countries. His working papers analyze the association between precarious work and workers’ health outcomes.

  1. The interaction between multiple media platforms and social movements.

His research explores the complex relationship between media and social movements’ cycles of growth and decline. His study in Labor History uses both time-series regression and content analysis to illustrate how the collective contention surrounding the labor movement, editorial changes at the New York Times, and the rise of objective journalism jointly shape the cultural production of the ‘labor problem’ discourse from 1870-1932. His working collaboration in this area theorizes the relationship between mass-mediated discourse and strike outcomes in the Gilded Age in New York and Chicago.

  1. The role of social movements and political institutions in shaping environmental policies

His collaborative projects in Environmental Politics, Energy Research & Social Science, and Sustainability use a combination of quantitative, qualitative, and QCA to highlight the role of ideological differences in determining bill passage, thereby outlining important framing opportunities for successful policy design. His working paper in this area develops an ecological approach to the study of civic organizations and social movements using data from the Sierra Club from 1984-2014.

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