Julia Tomassetti received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her doctorate in Sociology from UCLA, where she worked with Distinguished Professor Maurice Zeitlin. She has been a Research Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center, an Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Fellow at the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at SUNY Buffalo, and a Jerome Hall Fellow at the Center for Law, Society, & Culture at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Dr. Tomassetti’s research centers on work law, contracts, economic sociology, and the political economy of contemporary capitalism. At present she focuses on legal and political disputes over the identity of work arrangements. Her recent work examines the relationship between employment and the modern business enterprise, and how information technologies shape legal and cultural understandings of labor and corporate legitimacy. Before entering the academy, Dr. Tomassetti practiced campaign finance and employment law in New York City for several years.
- Algorithms, Control, and the Self in Gig Work, in Beyond the Algorithm: Qualitative Insights for Regulating Gig Work (Deepa Das Acevedo ed., Cambridge University Press forthcoming).
- Rebalancing Worker Rights and Property Rights in Digitalised Work, in Labour Law and the Gig Economy: Challenges Posed by the Digitalisation of Labour Processes (Jo Carby-Hall and Lourdes Mella Méndez eds., Routledge forthcoming).
- Digital Platform Work as Interactive Service Work, 22 Em. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. (2018)
- Phenomena of Power: Bringing Heinrich Popitz to English Readers, 22 J. Pol. Criticism (2018) (book review)
- Does Uber Redefine the Firm? The Postindustrial Corporation and Advanced Information Technology, 34 Hofstra Lab. & Emp. L. J. 1 (2016) (earlier version winner of SASE Early Career Workshop Award, 2016)
From Hierarchies to Markets: FedEx Drivers and the Work Contract as Institutional Marker, 19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1083 (2015)
The Contracting/Producing Ambiguity and Collapse of the Means/Ends Distinction in Employment, 66 S.C. L. Rev. 315 (2014) (Reviewed in The Journal of Things We Like (Lots) (JOTWELL), Sept. 16, 2015, worklaw.jotwell.com/explaining-the-blurred-line-between-employment-and-independent-contracting/)
- The Employment Contract (Common Law), in 1 Sociology of Work 122 (Vicki Smith ed., 2013)
- Labor Law, in 1 Sociology of Work 506 (Vicki Smith ed., 2013)
- Constructing Intellectual Property, by Alexandra George, Sociologica, Issue 2, 2013 (book review)
- Who is a Worker? Partisanship, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Social Content of Employment, 37 Law & Soc. Inquiry 815 (2012)
- The U.S. Occupy Movement and Organized Labor, Int’l Union Rts J., Vol. 19(1), 2012, at 23
- The State of the Unions in 2012: A Profile of Union Membership in Los Angeles, California, and the Nation. Co-authored with Chris Tilly and Ben Zipperer. UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Los Angeles, CA, 2012. www.irle.ucla.edu/research/unionmembership.html
- New York State Bar (since 2004)
- American Sociological Association
- Law and Society Association
- Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics