Michael E. Wallace

Professor of Sociology

PhD., 1983, Indiana University
M.A., 1979, Indiana University
B.A., 1976, Ohio University



Michael Wallace’s primary areas of research interest are the sociology of work and organizations, social stratification and inequality, and the political economy of U.S. capitalism. His past research has centered on workplace issues such as earnings inequality, deskilling, deindustrialization, job security, and labor markets. Other work has focused on historical and contemporary studies of the U.S. labor movement including strike activity, unionization, and union organizational effort. Recently, he has rekindled an earlier interest in the causes and consequences of military spending in the United States. Also, he has begun a new line of research in urban sociology which looks at metropolitan areas as arenas for the exploration of inequality in the U.S. political economy. In addition, he is also undertaking a series of field experiments examining discrimination based on religion, gender, race, class and employment status.

Wallace is past editor of Research on Social Stratification and Mobility and has served on the editorial boards of Social Forces and American Sociological Review. He is a co-author with York Bradshaw of Global Inequalities (1996) and has had his research published in such journals asAmerican Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of SociologyCambridge Journal of Economics,Gender & SocietyIndustrial and Labor Relations ReviewJournal of Political and Military SociologyResearch in Social Stratification and MobilityPolitics and SocietyResearch in the Sociology of WorkSocial Science Research, Social ForcesSociological ForumSociological PerspectivesThe Sociological Quarterly, and Work and Occupations.


Michael Wallace and Arne L. Kalleberg . 1982. “Industrial Transformation and the Decline of Craft: The Decomposition of Skill in the Printing Industry, 1931-1978.” American Sociological Review47:307-324.

Michael Wallace. 1987. “Dying for Coal: The Conflict over Health and Safety Conditions in American Coal Mining, 1930-1982.” Social Forces 66:336-364.

Michael Wallace, Larry J. Griffin, and Beth A. Rubin. 1989. “The Positional Power of American Labor, 1963-1977.” American Sociological Review 54:197-214.

Don Sherman Grant II, and Michael Wallace. 1991. “Why Do Strikes Turn Violent?” American Journal of Sociology 96:1117-1150.

David Brady and Michael Wallace. 2000. “Spatialization, Foreign Direct Investment, and Labor Outcomes in the American States, 1978-1996. Social Forces 79:67-100.

Michael Wallace and Azamat Junisbai. 2003. “Finding Class Consciousness in the New Economy.”Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 20:385-420.

Carla Shirley and Michael Wallace. 2004. “Domestic Labor, Family Characteristics, and Earnings: Re-Examining Gender and Class Differences.” The Sociological Quarterly 45:663-690.

Michael Wallace and Kevin T. Leicht. 2004. “Culture Wars in the Workplace? Cultural Antecedents of Workers’ Job Entitlement.” Work and Occupations 31: 3-37.

Andrew S. Fullerton and Michael Wallace. 2005. “Traversing the Flexible Turn: U.S. Workers’ Perceptions of Job Security, 1977-2002.” Social Science Research 36:201-221 .

Michael Wallace. 2007. “After Taft-Hartley: The Legal-Institutional Context of U.S. Strike Activity, 1948-1980.” The Sociological Quarterly 48:769-799.

J. Craig Jenkins, Michael Wallace and Andrew S. Fullerton. 2008. “A Social Movement Society? A Cross-National Analysis of Protest Potential.” International Journal of Sociology 38:12-35.Casey Borch and Michael Wallace. 2010. “Military Spending and Economic Well-Being in the American States: The Post-Vietnam War Era.” Social Forces 88:1727-1752.

Michael Wallace, Gordon Gauchat and Andrew S. Fullerton. 2011. “Globalization, Labor Market Transformation, and Metropolitan Earnings Inequality.” Social Science Research 40:15-36.

Michael Wallace, Bradley R.E. Wright, Christine Zozula, Stacy Missari, Christopher M. Donnelly and Annie Scola Wisnesky. 2012. “A New Approach for Studying Stratification and Religion: Early Results from a National Internet-Based Field Experiment Study of U.S. Churches.” Research in Sociology of Work 23:369-397.

Gordon Gauchat, Maura Kelly and Michael Wallace. 2012. “Occupational Gender Segregation, Globalization, and Gender Earnings Inequality in U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” Gender & Society26:718-747.

Michael Wallace and Rodrigo Figueroa. Forthcoming. “Determinants of Anti-Immigrant Job Threat in the American States.” Sociological Perspectives.


Michael Wallace
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