Work, Labor, and Political Economy

A women working on her laptop and watching over a baby.

Faculty and students working in this area explore multiple dimensions of work, labor, and political economy and how they intersect with other arenas of social life. By interrogating the boundaries of work (whether through analysis of carework, domestic labor, graduate student work, or student athlete labor), by exploring the relationship between employment and social inequalities (such as age, gender, and class), and by analyzing how work mitigates—or exacerbates—social problems (such as crime or precarity), UB researchers reveal new dimensions of this central social institution.