Cassandra Engeman

Cassandra Engeman

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology

University of California, Santa Barbara

Cassandra Engeman is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Science Foundation Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at UCSB where she has co-authored publications on workplace safety and health practices within companies that use and/or produce manufactured nanomaterials (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygeine, 2013; Journalof Nanoparticle Research, 2012). Findings from this research was also used in a 2012 science and technology report to the President of the United States. She is currently collaborating on a project that examines how social movement organizations understand, communicate, and mobilize around nanotechnology-related issues.

Engeman is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her overall research interests center on the strategies and outcomes of social movement organizations (SMOs), particularly in how they relate to working conditions and workplace rights. Her social movement research focuses on labor unions as SMOs but also includes immigrant rights, women’s rights, legal, and environmental organizations.

Engeman’s dissertation examines the legal, economic, political, and social conditions under which labor unions and their allies influence US state-level adoption of workplace leave policies. In this project, she uses a mixed-method approach that includes quantitative event history analysis for 1976-1992 and 1993-2012 (i.e. pre- and post-Family Medical Leave Act) and qualitative case comparisons of California and Pennsylvania.