Adam Reich

Adam Reich is an associate professor of sociology at Columbia University. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Columbia from 2012 to 2014. He focuses on economic and cultural sociology. Reich is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Working for Respect: Community and Conflict at Walmart (Columbia 2018), coauthored with Peter Bearman. He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles, which have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology and Social Science & Medicine.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for the American workforce. Tens of millions of workers are now out of work, and workers who are still employed must navigate their jobs while trying to avoid the risk of infecting themselves and their communities. Employers do not appear to be providing essential workers increased pay or