Susan J. Lambert is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and Director of the Employment Instability, Family Well-Being, and Social Policy Scholars Network (EINet) at the University of Chicago. Lambert studies how employer practices shape the quality of low-level jobs, the lives of low-paid workers, and inequality in society. Her research includes randomized experiments conducted in partnership with national retailers, comparative policy evaluations, and analyses of nationally representative surveys that incorporate new questions about work schedules, ones she helped develop. Lambert’s research reveals the widespread prevalence of precarious scheduling practices in today’s US labor market and the ensuing ramifications for worker wellbeing and family economic security. The findings from her research have been used to inform recent municipal and state level laws that are setting new work hour standards in hourly jobs. Lambert is currently leading a multi-disciplinary working group focused on strengthening further the empirical basis for the provisions, implementation, and enforcement of these new laws.
Sponsored by: University of Washington, School of Social Work