Screen Shot 2022-02-08 at 3.44.17 PMLarissa Petrucci is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her current research agenda attends to issues of job quality, construction apprenticeships, precarious work, and child care.

Larissa has spent most of her life on the West Coast in the U.S., where she earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Oregon. As a graduate researcher, Larissa worked at UO’s Labor Education Research Center, where she conducted an analysis of the first state-wide scheduling legislation. With UO colleagues, she also conducted research that analyzes precarious working conditions in industries like retail, hospitality, food services, and child care.

Now living in the Midwest, Larissa’s research continues to analyze and propose policy solutions to issues of precarious work and workplace equity. Beyond her research, Larissa also enjoys teaching, live music, hiking, and spending time with her cat.