Larissa Petrucci, MS, is a Research Assistant at the Labor Education and Research Center and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon. Her her research and teaching specialities are in Labor and Labor Movements, Feminist Theory, Organizations, Occupations, and Work, and Qualitative Research Methods. She has published research on the development of postfeminist communities as a means to address institutional sexism, and has co-authored research exploring workers’ responses to unpredictable scheduling practices and institutional communication on sexual violence. She has also co-authored reports on Oregon’s Fair Work Week Legislation, and is currently preparing a manuscript on a co-authored longitudinal research project assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on low-wage service workers’ experiences in Oregon.
In 2020 Larissa was awarded the Wasby-Johnson Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation research, which explores the work arrangements of software workers in the Pacific Northwest. Her project aims to demystify the software labor process by showing how a project management method called Agile allows firms to achieve what she calls Taylored Flexibility – a managerial strategy to improve control over unpredictable and discontinuous work by using a combination of both direct and ‘soft’ controls, primarily through an emphasis on electronic surveillance and the cultivation of peer empathy on teams. Most notably, she illuminates the importance of the spatial coordination of workers under Agile, raising questions about the viability of remote work for software workers.
Beyond her research, Larissa is passionate and energetic instructor in sociology, and received the Charles W. Hunt Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019. She has taught online and in-person courses on Sociological Research Methods, American Society, and Work and Occupations, and designed an upper-division course titled Transformations in the Labor Process.
Larissa is also a dedicated union activist, serving in a number of leadership roles in the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) including the 2019 Bargaining Committee.