Larissa is a mixed-methods researcher with primary expertise in qualitative research methods including in-depth interviews and participant observation, in which she uses Dedoose to analyze qualitative data. She also has conducted research using content analysis, digital ethnography, and quantitative methodologies, using Atlas.TI, STATA, and Excel to analyze data. She has experience with research design, recruitment, acquiring, creating, and cleaning large datasets from publicly available data, publishing independent and co-authored peer-reviewed research, public policy reports, and research briefs, and presenting findings at academic conferences and stakeholder meetings.

Her research lies at the intersections of work and organizations, critical management studies, labor movements, and gender. Larissa has particular expertise in the areas of low-wage work and unpredictable scheduling, knowledge work and STEM occupations, gender and work, postfeminism, and community labor organizing.

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Theorizing Post-feminist Communities: How gender-inclusive meetups address gender inequity in high-tech

Through a qualitative analysis of gender‐inclusive meetup groups in the US technology sector, this article offers a theory of postfeminist communities to identify how community organizing can take a postfeminist turn.  While postfeminist communities are able to successfully cultivate supportive groups of participants who organize outside of the workplace, strategies focused on individual‐level changes ultimately do little to disrupt organization‐level gender inequities.

Feb 21, 2020 | Gender, Work and Organizations

Gendered Care Work and Environmental Injustice: A Feminist Analysis of Educators’ Emotional Labor in Disaster Recovery

Although environmental justice researchers have long been interested in the connections between disaster recovery, gender, and home- and community-based care, the consequences of the post-disaster performance of emotional labor by workers in care occupations have largely gone unnoticed. To address this gap in the environmental injustice literature, in this exploratory article we employ a feminist analysis of firsthand accounts of elementary educators’ professional and personal experiences caring for their students in the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma. We find that caring labor was increasingly necessary in the post-disaster context, both inside and outside the classroom. Teachers and other care professionals in feminized occupations may, therefore, perform an emotional double duty, supporting their students’ emotional needs while also contending—as working- and middle-class individuals—with the personal consequences of disaster.

With Daniel A. Shtob

December 18, 2020 | Environmental Justice

Dissonant Discourses in Institutional Communications on Sexual Violence

This paper is a discourse analysis of a large northwestern research university’s official communications regarding sexual violence for a 15 month time frame. Through close reading of these communications, we find that concurrent with high levels of criticism in the spring of 2014 over the university’s handling of a high profile rape case, the university advanced dissonant discourses of risk and responsibility in its communications regarding sexual violence. At both the institutional and individual levels, these dissonant discourses work to construct who is at risk of committing or experiencing sexual violence, and (our main focus here) who is responsible for preventing and responding to it. In conclusion, we discuss possible implications for these dissonant discourses on the future of campus sexual violence prevention and university response.

With Malori Musselman, Andrea Herrera, Diego Contreras Medrano, Dan Fielding, Nicole Francisco, and Larissa Petrucci 

Jan 16, 2020 |Women, Politics, and Policy

Impossible Choices: How Workers Manage Unpredictable Choices

Sixteen percent of hourly workers and 36 percent of workers paid on some other bases experience unstable work schedules due to irregular, on-call, rotating or split shifts, which negatively impacts workers’ ability to manage family responsibilities, finances, and health. Primarily drawing 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. We found that workers respond to unpredictable scheduling in four ways: they acquiesce, self-advocate, quit, or directly oppose employers. Our findings highlight the ‘impossible choices’ workers face as they negotiate prevalent unpredictable work conditions, juggle work-life obligations, and struggle to remain employed. We conclude with fair week work policy recommendations.

With Camila Alvarez, Lola Loustaunau, Larissa Petrucci, and Ellen Scott

Mar 12, 2019 | Labor Studies Journal

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