Alex’s work investigates several research and teaching areas. First, he examines
the use of digital technologies in the context of workplace resistance, time appropriation
, and “slacking”. His research is informed by such critical media and labour scholars as Berardi
, and Virno
and it focuses on the ways in which cognitive workers
use digital media and technologies for personal purposes at work. Combing a cross-national surveying and in-depth interviewing, Alex analyzes how the digitization of the workplace affects workers’ experiences and interactions, their private and social lives, and their work/life balance
A second line in his research involves a quantitate project, which examines the factors in sentencing outcomes for high-profile criminal cases. Alex has developed a unique dataset that captures a wealth of detailed information on the nature and specifics of each case for a sample of over 4000 murderers in the U.S. from 1976 until 2004. This dataset allows to control for a variety of biographical, regional, and contextual factors in the analysis of sentencing outcomes
for different socio-demographic groups.
The third area of research involves a Big Data
project on the extent and effects of gender- and race-based representations in print and digital media. As a result of this research, he has coauthored an article
on the individual and structural factors explaining the persistent under-representation of women in print news. This article was published in 2015 in the American Sociological Review and won
the 2017 CITAMS Best Paper Award.