Tracy Vargas

Contact Information

Tracy Vargas

Educations & Degrees:

BA, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
MA, Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2009

Research Interests:

Organizations, occupations and work; inequality, poverty and mobility; labor and labor movements; ethnography 



Tracy is a first generation college student with working class roots. Growing up in a deindustralized mill town in Western PA, her sociological passions were ignited by the fascinating yet frustrating stories told by her steelworker father and retail cashier mother. Today, she has blossomed into a passionate ethnographer and a PhD candidate in sociology, whose main research foci include the sociology of work and organizations, labor studies and poverty. Her dissertation Dollar Store Economy critically examines the identities, realities and embodied experiences of low wage workers in dollar stores within the context of privileged, yet frugal, consumer culture.