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Researcher | Teacher | Activist

Larissa Petrucci, MS, is a Research Assistant in the Labor Education and Research Center and PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon. Her academic research specialties are in managerial control, knowledge-work, precarious low-wage work, and postfeminism. She is also a dedicated public sociologist and union activist, and has taught upper-division sociology courses in-person and online.


Research Interests

Work Economy and Organizations; Labor Process; Feminist Theory; Political Economy

Larissa’s dissertation research raises the questions: How does management attempt to control the software labor process? Why and in what ways is the software production process organized by Toyota's lean production methods? 

Larissa's research investigates software production processes by focusing on Agile, a project management method derivative of the Toyota Production System. Drawing upon in-depth interviews, participant observation, and analysis of online training videos, this study explores the continuities and differences between lean manufacturing and lean software production and its implications for workers. Her research shows how Agile elicits consent and imposes control, and highlights how worker contestation and resistance impact the software labor process. 


Published Work

Impossible Choices: How Workers Manage Unpredictable Choices


Labor Studies Journal

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

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.

Dissonant Discourses in Institutional Communications on Sexual Violence


Women, Politics, and Policy

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

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.

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Overview of Courses

Spring 2018, Winter 2019

SOC 301: American Society

Abstract Pattern 15

Summer 2018

SOC 446: Transformations in the Labor Process

Spring 2019

SOC 346: Work and Occupations

Summer 2019

SOC 311: Intro to Research Methods


Union Leadership

Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation


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Eugene, OR, USA

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