Alexandrea Ravenelle is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mercy College. Her first book, Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy (University of California Press) will be released in Spring 2019. Her research focuses on the lived experience of nearly 80 gig workers for Airbnb, Uber, TaskRabbit, and Kitchensurfing. In Hustle and Gig, she argues that the sharing economy upends generations of workplace protections such as worker safety; workplace protections around discrimination and sexual harassment; the right to unionize; and the right to redress for injuries.
She was recently awarded an Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation inaugural Knowledge Challenge grant to examine the impact of high-status gig work and sudden platform closings on gig economy entrepreneurs.
Her work has been published in Regions, Economy and Society; Digital Sociologies; and The New York Times.