Doctoral Candidate

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago
BA, Philosophy & Allied Fields, University of Chicago



Peter J. Fugiel's interests lie in the social organization of work and occupations, gender, work-life, stratification, labor regulation, and political economy. He studies working time as a lens on changing employment relations and broader patterns of labor market inequality. In his dissertation, he examines the origins, functions, and effects of unpredictable and unstable scheduling, primarily in the US retail sector. He develops a risk-theoretic model in which schedule instability creates option value for employers but inhibits workers’ skill formation. He has worked with Susan Lambert on related research projects including the Stable Scheduling Study—a cluster-randomized scheduling experiment to improve employee and business outcomes.

Selected Publications

Fugiel, Peter J., and Susan J. Lambert. 2019. “On-Call and On-Demand Work in the United States: Adversarial Regulation in a Context of Unilateral Control.” In Zero Hours and On-Call Work in Anglo-Saxon Countries, edited by Michelle O’Sullivan et al. Singapore: Springer Nature.

Williams, Joan C., Susan J. Lambert, Saravanan Kesavan, Peter J. Fugiel, et al. 2018. “Stable Scheduling Increases Productivity and Sales.” Research report. Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.