Shelly Steward is an economic sociologist and applied scholar who studies the changing nature of work. She was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Fairwork Foundation, and has worked with the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, which focuses on identifying the challenges faced by workers today and developing policy-based solutions to address those challenges and build a more equitable economy.

She is an expert on nonstandard work arrangements and the gig economy, and is lead author of the Gig Economy Data Hub in collaboration with Cornell University’s ILR School. She has been published in academic and popular publications on work and culture. She also teaches courses on technology and tech policy for the University of California’s Washington Program.

Shelly received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was  a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She holds an AB with highest honors in sociology from Harvard.

Research Interests

Work, culture, gig economy, qualitative methods, technology and society

Position held at the OII:

  • Research Associate, March 2021
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, October 2020 – February 2021