Laura A. Orrico, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Psychological & Social Sciences
Office Phone: 215-881-7955
Office Location: Woodland, 214

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Orrico, Laura A. 2017. "Let People be People: Everyday Substance Use in a Public Work Site." Qualitative Sociology. doi: 10.1007/s11133-017-9358-7.

Orrico, Laura A. 2015. "Working the Boardwalk: Trust in an Public Marketplace." Social Psychology Quarterly 78(3): 228-245

Orrico, Laura A. 2015. " 'Doing Intimacy' in a Public Market: How the Gendered Experience of Ethnography Reveals Situated Social Dynamics." Qualitative Research 15(4): 473-488

Timmermans, Stefan, Laura A. Orrico, and Jasmine Smith. 2014. "Spillover Effects of an Uninsured Population." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 55(3): 360-374

Manuscripts Under Review and In Progress

Lynn Chancer, Laura A. Orrico, Michaela Soyer. What's Gender got to do with it? Deepening the Ethnographic Imagination. Book Manuscript, under contract.

Laura A. Orrico. On the Boardwalk: The Social Life of a Public Marketplace. Book Manuscript, in progress.

Courses and Teaching

Soc 119: Racial and Ethnic Relations

Soc 454: The City in Postindustrial Society

Soc 497: Urban Ethnography.


Research Interests
I utilize ethnographic fieldwork and other qualitative methods to investigate the way marginal and economically vulnerable social groups navigate everyday spaces and institutions, with a particular interest in the way people develop stability under conditions of uncertainty and change.
My research interests span social psychology, community and urban sociology, health and illness, gender and sexuality, and racial and ethnic relations. I currently have two book projects in development.
The first, explores the everyday production and maintenance of a stable, yet dynamic, marketplace in Los Angeles, CA. I draw on over four years of ethnographic fieldwork to expose broad processes of trust development, knowledge production, and community building, particularly as they intersect with daily experiences of economic marginality, homelessness, racial and ethnic diversity, community policing, and drug and alcohol dependency.
The second book is a collaboration with Lynn Chancer(Hunter College) and Michaela Soyer(Hunter College) to interrogate the role of gender and sexuality in the ethnographic research process.