Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center on Ethnographies of Work
Dr. Mary Gatta joined the faculty as an Associate Professor of Sociology at CUNY-Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in August, 2015. Prior to her appointment at CUNY, Mary served as a Senior Scholar at Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington DC, and as Director of Gender and Workforce Policy at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University. In addition, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers.
Mary is a leader in research and advocacy related to job quality, such as workplace flexibility for low-wage workers in business sectors including restaurants, tourism and manufacturing; workforce development training programs and nontraditional job training for women; and the lived experiences of seniors who lack economic security. Mary’s expertise includes the integration of a gender lens into these and other areas of economic policy analysis. In her latest book. Waiting on Retirement: Aging and Economic Insecurity in Low Wage Work (Stanford University Press, 2018) she explores retirement insecurity and low wage workers. In addition she is working on a large project on the economic insecurity of older women in Florida.
Mary is also the author of All I Want Is A Job! Unemployed Women Navigating the Public Workforce System, released from Stanford University Press in April 2014; Not Just Getting By: The New Era of Flexible Workforce Development and Juggling Food and Feelings: Emotional Balance in the Workplace and is the editor of A US Skills System for the 21st Century: Innovations in Workforce Education and Development. Mary received a B.A. in social science from Providence College and her Master’s degree and PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University.