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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Katherine Sobering

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Katherine Sobering



Katie is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology.  She is broadly interested in the areas of inequality, work and social movements, especially in alternative organizations. Since 2008, Katie has conducted ethnographic research in worker-recovered businesses in Argentina, examining how workers construct alternative organizations and reorganize service work in the self-managed workplace. Her dissertation is a comparative study of organizational innovation and inequality in worker-recovered businesses in Argentina. 

Katie is also a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab, a group of faculty and graduate students directed by Dr. Javier Auyero that support training and research using ethnographic and qualitative methods. She participated in a collaborative, qualitative project on people working to support Austin’s growing “creative class.” Katie also works with Dr. Christine Williams and Jessica Thomas to examine gender in/equality in worker-owned businesses.

Prior to graduate school, Katie worked in nonprofit organizations and earned a BA in Plan II Honors and International Business at the University of Texas at Austin.


Inequality; Work and Organizations; Social Movements; Qualitative Methods; Latin America
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