Carla Freeman, Winship Distinguished Research Professor
Departments of Anthropology & Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emory University, Atlanta

I am interested in the complex relationships of gender, labor, culture, and economy.  My work has centered on ways in which women in service industries from pink-collar informatics work to entrepreneurial enterprises actively negotiate and re-draw conventional boundaries of class and gender, “work” and life.  I am currently interested in the nuances of “affective labor” that spans market and non-market relations, in other words, how gendered labor “at work” and in people’s lives more generally (in families, communities, intimate relationships, parenthood, leisure activities, etc.) increasingly demand   affective styles and engagements.  I am currently completing a book (fortcoming 2013 from Duke U Press) called Enterprising Selves: Neoliberalism, Respectability, and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class.  I continue to be interested in “outsourcing” and the gendered paths and dimensions of information-based work as it criss-crosses the globe.  


Dr Winifred Poster, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University St Louis,

My training is in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley (BA), and Stanford University (PhD).  I have taught at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and currently at Washington University, St. Louis.  My interests are in the rise of the global information technology workforce, and how it impacts women, ethnic groups, and low-income communities around the world.  Sponsored by grants from the National Science Foundation, I have been studying outsourcing to India by U.S. firms for the last two decades.  Current projects examine global circuits of software engineers and computer factory workers; transnational call centers and their practices of national identity management, reversals of work time, and multi-surveillances; and the gendering of cybersecurity, including online warriors and spies.  This research has appeared in many books and journals, including Industrial Relations, Research in the Sociology of Work, and the American Behavioral Scientist.


Dr Helen Richardson, Reader in Information Systems, Salford Business School, UK

I am interested in the gendered and global location of work. Given that the service sector is now the largest global employer and there has been a feminisation of service work, questions remain whether this will mean a 'race to the bottom' for wages, working conditions and opportunities particularly for women. I am interested in research about gender and IT outsourcing particularly the impact on the 'triple shift' for women at work globally - paid formal, paid informal and unpaid domestic work. Detailed research is needed on IT outsourcing and the implications for women where work has been outsourced from and women where work has been outsourced to.
Editor/Author (with Debra Howcroft) of 'Work and Life in the global knowledge economy: a gendered analysis of service work' Palgrave Macmillan (2010)




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