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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2018 (Expected)

Dissertation Title: “What’s in a Wage: Minimum wage increases and workplace hierarchies in the restaurant industry.”
Committee: Leslie McCall (Co-chair), Robert Nelson (Co-Chair), Laura Beth Nielsen, Nik Theodore.

Qualifying Paper Topics: Sex and Gender; Work and Inequality; Workplace Culture

M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2013.
Thesis: “Who Benefits from Growth? Wages and Inequality in California Hospitals.”

B.A., University of Chicago, 2009.
Majors: Sociology; Economics.

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

Burke, Derek, Laura Nelson, Marcel Knudsen, and Leslie McCall. Conditionally accepted. “The Future of Coding: A Comparison of Hand-Coding and Three Types of Computer-Assisted Text Analysis Methods.” Sociological Methods and Research

Knudsen, Marcel. 2014. “Capital Accumulation and the Rise of Finance.” Political Power and Social Theory 26: 81-105.

Manuscripts in Submission

Knudsen, Marcel. “To Err is Human: Formality, Job Quality, and Troubleshooting during a Computer System Upgrade” under review at New Technology, Work, and Employment

Working Papers

Knudsen, Marcel. “A Fair Wage? Workplace Wage Structures and Minimum Wage Increases.”

Knudsen, Marcel. “Restaurant Responses to Minimum Wage Increases in Chicago and Oakland: A Preliminary Analysis.”

Quillian, Lincoln and Marcel Knudsen. “Public Housing and the Spatial Concentration of Poverty: A Simulation Approach.”

GRANTS AND RESEARCH FUNDING

2016, Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University ($1,700)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED TALKS

2017, Knudsen, Marcel. “To Err is Human: Formality, Job Quality, and Troubleshooting during a Computer System Upgrade.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, 11-15 August.

2016, Knudsen, Marcel. “A Fair Wage? Workplace Wage Structures and Minimum Wage Increases.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Washington.

2016, Knudsen, Marcel. “What’s in a Wage? Minimum wage increases and workplace hierarchies in the restaurant industry.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Seattle.

2015, Knudsen, Marcel. “Minimum wage increases and the regulation of low-wage work.” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, 28-21.

2015, Quillian, Lincoln and Marcel Knudsen. “Public Housing and the Spatial Concentration of Poverty: A Simulation Approach.” Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. San Diego.

2014, Knudsen, Marcel. “Anything But Heavy Metal? How Metal Conquered Pitchfork 2006-2012.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. San Francisco.

2013, Knudsen, Marcel. “Corporate Growth and Income Inequality: The Case of Hospitals.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Northwestern University

Instructor, Department of Sociology
Sociology of Organizations (Summer 2017)
Gender and Society (Summer 2016)

Instructor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program
Medicine as Work (Winter 2014)

Teaching Assistant with Lab Sections
       Interpretation and Analysis of Social Data (Undergraduate Statistics Course)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology
Social Problems
Classical Sociological Theory
Asian-American Religions
Environment and Society
Introduction to Sociology

Additional areas of teaching expertise and interest: Work and Occupations; Statistical Methods; Global Capitalism; Social Stratification and Public Policy; Financial Markets; The Sociology of Entrepreneurship

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2013-2014, Research Assistant, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, under supervision of Lincoln Quillian.

2012-2013, Research Assistant, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, under supervision of Leslie McCall.

FELLOWSHIPS AND SERVICE

2015-2016  Graduate Student Member, Sociology Department Admissions Committee, Northwestern University

2014-2016  Graduate Student Member, TGS Advisory Council for Graduate Student Funding, Northwestern University

2014-2015  Graduate Student Member, Sociology Graduate Affairs Committee, Northwestern University

2013-Present   Graduate Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

2013-2015  Fellow, Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University

2013-2014  Co-president, Sociology Graduate Student Association, Northwestern University

WORK EXPERIENCE

Business Analyst  2010 – 2011
Gemological Institute of America, New York, NY.

Regional Account Manager  2009 – 2010
Cogent Communications, New York, NY.

LANGUAGES

German (Fluent)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Sociological Association

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Women Employed, Chicago-based Advocacy group focused on gender equality in the workplace

Sustainable Economies Law Center, Oakland group offering legal support to non-conventional businesses

Circles and Ciphers, Chicago youth community organization