Kathleen Griesbach

Kathleen Griesbach


Off the Clock: Uncertain Schedules and Contingent Worker Experiences in Urban and Rural Contexts.

Dissertation Review Committee


Kathleen studies work and inequality. Her broad research agenda is to understand experiences of work in light of both ongoing global economic transformations and enduring inequality in the labor process. To explore how workers in both “old” and “new” occupations navigate unpredictable schedules in Texas and NYC. Kathleen's dissertation draws on 120 interviews with contingent agricultural, oil & gas, academic and platform workers in NYC and Texas. Kathleen explores how workers’ experiences are situated in space and time: where people live and work intersects with the opportunities and constraints they confront, impacting how they navigate work and life, experience the present and envision the future. Kathleen seeks to leverage the data from this diverse group of workers to contribute broader knowledge on the rapidly evolving landscape of work.


  • MA, MPhil, Columbia University (Sociology)
  • MA, UC San Diego (Latin American Studies)
  • BA, New York University (Latin American Studies and English)


  • Griesbach, Kathleen. 2018. “Dioquis: Being without doing in the migrant agricultural labor process” (Article). Ethnography. Forthcoming in print.

    Caron, Cathleen, Kathleen Griesbach, Ursula Roldan & Roxanne Sandoval. “Guatemala’s Implementation of the ICRMW: Emerging Effects” (Book Chapter). 2018. In Shining New Light on the UN Migrant Worker Convention.  Pretoria, South Africa: Pretoria University Law Press.

    Griesbach, Kathleen.  “Local-Federal Immigration Enforcement in North Carolina: Mapping the Criminal-Immigration Overlap” (Article). 2011. Norteamérica: Revista Académica del CISAN-UNAM 6.

    García, Angela, Kathleen Griesbach, Jessica Andrade, Cristina González, and Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa. 2011.  “Pressure from the Inside: The Effects of State-Level Immigration Policies for Tlacuitapenses in Oklahoma and California” (Book Chapter). In Recession without Borders: Mexican Migrants Confront the Economic Downturn edited by David FitzGerald, Rafael Alarcon, and Leah Muse-Orlinoff. La Jolla, CA and Boulder, CO: CCIS and Lynne Rienner Publishers.

    Other Research

    Grocery Delivery Workers Project



  • Social Theory (Undergraduate). 2018 Summer.
  • The Social World (Undergraduate). 2017 Summer.

Teaching Assistant

  • Sociology of Work and Gender (Undergraduate). 2018 Spring. Professor Teresa Sharpe.
  • Designs of Social Research (Ph.D.). 2017 Fall. Professor Joshua Whitford.