Research and Publications

Larissa is a qualitative researcher with expertise in research design, in-depth interviews, content analysis of online materials, public policy, inter-disciplinary collaboration, and longitudinal research. Her research lies at the intersections of work and occupations, managerial control, 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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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

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.

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.

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

Mar 12, 2019 | Labor Studies Journal

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