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Lane, Carrie M.

Professor of American Studies

Department of American Studies

Office: 657-278-7359

Department: 657-278-2441



Professor Carrie Lane has a Ph.D in American studies from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology with a minor in women's studies from Princeton University. Her research concerns the changing nature of work in the United States. She has studied job loss, unemployment, and insecurity in white-collar work. Her current research is on the professional organizing industry, in which organizers are hired to help people manage their belongings, homes, and work spaces. She explores the growing demand for organizing services and what draws so many people, especially women, to this new career. Professor Lane also teaches about disability, community, gender, and interdisciplinary research methods. She co-leads the American Studies Internship Program and has led study abroad trips to South Africa, Denmark, and Bali.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • work
  • unemployment
  • job loss
  • insecure/precarious work
  • gig work
  • gender
  • feminism
  • self-employment
  • professional organizing
  • clutter
  • disorganization
  • simple living
  • minimalism
  • masculinity
  • office work
  • white-collar work
  • overwhelm/burnout
  • disability
  • ableism
  • community
  • study abroad
  • Denmark
  • Bali
  • ethnography
  • hoarding
  • internships
  • service-learning

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Culture -- Popular
  • Disability Issues
  • Gender Studies
  • History -- American
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Organizational Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Workplace Issues

  • North America