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How has the big data revolution changed workplaces?


Enterprises have rapidly shifted toward incorporating big data and machine learning into their decision-making processes.  I am collaborating with Laith Ulaby on an interview-based study of organizational changes in workplaces produced by this shift.  We ask: When did data science shift from being housed in consultancies to becoming an in-house enterprise capacity?  How has machine learning transformed business models, decision-making processes, and the pace and collaborative requirements of business?  We are currently recruiting respondents for this study.



Julia Chuang


Welcome! I am an assistant professor of sociology at Boston College. I am interested in labor markets and workplaces, and my work is primarily qualitative.  


Below, you can find various themes of my ongoing research.



Structural Shift in the Chinese Economy


The Chinese state is currently shifting from an export-centered growth model to one focused on domestic infrastructure and urbanization. This shift is changing the foundations of the economy. If China's comparative advantage was previously its low-cost labor, then today its most-valued commodity is land, the cornerstone of its recent and rapid urbanization.


A book project on this topic is currently under contract with UC Press.