Meet the Editors

The SASE newsletter has been revamped as a blog! Like the newsletter, the blog features articles created by a dynamic group of graduate students and early career scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, aided and abetted by the SASE staff. New posts will be published at least once a month, and often more frequently.

We are pleased to introduce the blog’s 2021 editors:


Laura Adler is a PhD candidate in sociology at Harvard University. Her dissertation explores how organizations set pay for new employees, identifying organizational practices and cultural ideas that reproduce and legitimize gender pay inequality. She is a 2021-22 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow. Her past research addresses the preference for precarious work among aspiring artists, state efforts to regulate the gig economy, and the cultural factors that shape whether people use their social networks to get a job. She has a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors from Yale University.

Melike Arslan is a Buffett Institute Global Impacts Graduate Fellow and a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. Her research connects the sociology of markets, organizations and expertise with the international political economy of laws and regulations in order to investigate how social networks and norms shape economic institutions, such as corporate bankruptcy, anti-monopoly and environmental protection laws and policies, and how these in return affect corporate organizations and economic behaviors. She uses comparative-historical methodology and seeks to bridge the Western advanced economy contexts with those of developing economies by considering the global interconnectedness of economies and government institutions. Her previous works have been published in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and International Journal of Law in Context. She is currently working on her dissertation titled “Unruling Markets: How the Fight Against Monopolies Derailed Globally”, which examines why antitrust laws and policy have failed in their mission to prevent concentration of economic power with a transnational perspective.

Javier Baquero is a doctoral candidate in Economics and business at the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he is also research teaching staff in training. His research focuses on labor economics, education and socioeconomics. Specifically, his doctoral thesis focuses on the study of the labor placement of university students in the European Union. He has published several articles in scientific journals. In the same way, he has presented different papers and has been part of the organizing committee of relevant international conferences. He is member of Labor Socioeconomic Research Team (UAM)

Florencia Labiano is a doctoral student at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales in the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. Her research interests intersect economic sociology and urban studies in order to address the social production of the “formal” rental housing market in Buenos Aires City. She works with different sources on the inequalities in the residential capital formation and the shiftings on houses regimes of value to make intelligible the supply, offer, and intermediaries’ dynamics since the 1970's. She makes extensive use of interviews and participant observations to study the moral-economic tension among the requirements and practices developed by landlords and real estate agents to select tenants in the contemporary rental market. More broadly, she seeks to think the coproduction of class, market and city. Florencia holds a B.A. in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, where she studied employers’ decisions in the construction industry labor market.

Gabor Scheiring is a Marie Curie Fellow at Bocconi University, Milan. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where he also worked as a political economy research fellow. His research focuses on the social and political consequences of neoliberal globalization, the political economy of health, and populism. In his doctoral thesis and several related articles, Dr. Scheiring investigated the impact of deindustrialization, privatization, and foreign investment on health, using multilevel survival modeling based on a novel dataset encompassing individual, town, and company data, as well as qualitative in-depth interviews. As part of his research on the political economy of populism in East-Central Europe, Dr. Scheiring investigates how neoliberal transformations paved the way for the populist backlash. His book, The Retreat of Liberal Democracy (Palgrave, 2020) analyses the socio-economic roots of illiberal populism in Hungary, with a focus on the role of business elites and working-class neo-nationalism. His work has been published in Sociology, International Sociology, The Lancet Global Health, and Sociology of Health and Illness, among others. He served as a member of the Hungarian Parliament between 2010–2014.

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