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Assistant Professor Recognized for Dissertation
on White-Collar Unemployment

December 22, 2005 :: No. 93

Who: Carrie L. Chet, assistant professor of American studies at Cal State Fullerton, was one of five finalists for the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize for 2005.
What: Chet's doctoral dissertation, "What I'm Worth: White-Collar Unemployment in a New Economy," is an ethnographic study of unemployed white-collar high-technology workers. Chet found that today's high-tech workers are better prepared -- emotionally, financially and professionally -- to manage prolonged unemployment than were previous generations of laid-off professionals. She also concluded that workers' individualism and their faith in the market economy shape their views of broader issues, such as globalization, labor activism and economic inequality. Chet earned her doctorate in American studies at Yale University earlier this year. She joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty this fall and teaches "Introduction to American Studies," "American Character," "The Search for Community" and "Ethnography and American Culture."

The 2005 Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize winner is Alyosha Goldstein for "Civic Poverty: An Empire for Liberty Through Community Action," completed at New York University. The prize has been awarded annually since 1987. Members of the American Studies Association include teachers and others whose interests extend beyond their specialties, professors and students associated with American studies programs at universities and secondary schools, plus museum directors, librarians, administrators and public officials.

Media Contacts:

Carrie L. Chet, American Studies, 657-278-2441,
Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586,

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