Sanjay Pinto is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Amherst College and also has a Master’s in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Sanjay's primary academic interests are in the areas of economic sociology, political economy, and social stratification. His current research focuses on labor market institutions in the economically advanced world, though he has also an ongoing interest in studying developing and newly industrialized countries. Sanjay's dissertation project looks at varieties of national and sectoral organization, challenging the a priori assumption of a cross-national comparative frame in the field of comparative political economy, and assessing the degree to which certain sectoral patterns might extend across national boundaries. Having spent three years working as a union researcher, Sanjay's substantive focus is on unions and collective bargaining institutions. He is undertaking both a quantitative analysis of how this institutional landscape varies across a wide spectrum of countries and economic sectors, and a more focused qualitative case comparison of the US and German auto and janitorial industries.
Aside from the dissertation, Sanjay is also working on projects addressing the impact of liberalization on collective bargaining institutions; the rise of non-standard employment arrangements; and the implications of the recent crisis for institutional reform in finance and other areas.