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Tamara Kay

Visiting Professor of Global Affairs and Sociology

Area(s) of Interest

Trade; labor; social movements; culture, globalization; organizations; global health (including reproductive health and rights)


Kay, Tamara and R.L. Evans. 2018. Trade Battles: Activism and the Politicization of International Trade Policy. Oxford University Press.-Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award (2019), Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the ASA (co-winner)

Kay, Tamara. 2011. NAFTA and the Politics of Labor Transnationalism. New York: Cambridge University Press. (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Series)

Winner of the Best Book Award Honorable Mention, Sociology of Law Section, American Sociological Association, Winner of the Best Book Award Honorable Mention, Labor and Labor movements Section, American Sociological Association, Gordon Hirabyashi Human Rights Book Award Finalist, American Sociological Association

Books in Progress

Sesame Street Travels the World: Organizations and the Politics of Cultural Innovation (under advance contract)

How Project ECHO Innovates and Diffuses a Healthcare Model


Kay, Tamara. 2022. “Culture in Transnational Interaction: How Organizational Partners Coproduce Sesame Street.” Theory and Society. Published online July 22, 2022. 

Jia-Jun Li, Toby, Yuwen Lu, Jaylexia Clark, Meng Chen, Victor Cox, Meng Jiang, Yang Yang, Tamara Kay, Danielle Wood, and Jay Brockman. 2022. “A Bottom-Up End-User Intelligent Assistant Approach to Empower Gig Workers against AI Inequality.” Proceedings of the 1st Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction for Work (CHIWORK 2022). 

Spicer, Jason, and Tamara Kay. 2022. “Another Organization is Possible: New Directions in Research on Alternative Enterprise." Sociology Compass. 16(3)1-18.

Kay, Tamara and Jason Spicer. Winter 2021. "A Nonprofit Networked Platform for Global Health." Stanford Social Innovation Review. Volume 19, Number 1.

Spicer, Jason, Robert Manduca and Tamara Kay. 2020. "National Living Wage Movements in a Regional World: The Fight for $15 in the United States." Labor and Employment Relations Association Annual Research Volume. Chapter 2, pp. 41-67.

Spicer, Jason, Tamara Kay and Marshall Ganz. 2019. “Social Entrepreneurship as Field Encroachment: How a Neoliberal Social Movement Constructed a New Field” Socio-Economic Review. 17(1):195-227. -- Named "Editor's Choice" by Socio-Economic Review

Ganz, Marshall, Tamara Kay and Jason Spicer*. Spring 2018. “Social Enterprise Is Not Social Change: Solving Systemic Social Problems Takes People, Politics, and Power -- Not More Social Entrepreneurship.” Stanford Social Innovation Review. Volume 16, Number 2.

Asad, Asad L. and Tamara Kay. 2015. "Toward A Multidimensional Understanding of Culture for Health Interventions." Social Science & Medicine. 144:79-87.

Kay, Tamara. 2015. “New Challenges, New Alliances: The Politicization of Unions in a Post-NAFTA Era.” Labor History. 56(3): 246-269.

Asad, Asad L.and Tamara Kay. 2014. "Theorizing the Relationship Between NGOs and the State in Medical Humanitarian Development Projects." Social Science & Medicine. 120:325-333.

Kay, Tamara. 2011. "Legal Transnationalism: The Relationship Between Transnational Social Movement Building and International Law." Law & Social Inquiry. 36(2): 419-454.

Evans, Rhonda and Tamara Kay. 2008. "How Environmentalists "Greened" Trade Policy: Strategic Action and the Architecture of Field Overlap." American Sociological Review. 73(6): 970-991.

Kay, Tamara. 2005. "Labor Transnationalism and Global Governance: The Impact of NAFTA on Transnational Labor Relationships in North America." American Journal of Sociology. 111(3): 715-756. -Winner of Distinguished Scholarly Article Award, Labor Movements Section of the ASA

Beisel, Nicola and Tamara Kay. 2004. “Abortion, Race, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century America.” American Sociological Review. 69(4): 498-518.

  • Winner of Best Article Award, Political Sociology Section of the ASA
  • Winner of Best Article Award, Race, Gender and Class Section of the ASA
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