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Nantina Vgontzas

Postdoctoral Researcher

Nantina Vgontzas studies the renewal of the labor movement amid growing crises of public health, climate change, and authoritarian ascent. Engaging debates on the future of work, they question dominant visions of artificial intelligence increasing job insecurity. Rather than being subjected to further control or automation, workers could harness technology toward transforming the very power relations under which their work is organized. From this perspective, the future of work is ultimately a political question, and indeed still an open one. Combining political economy with ethnographic and historical methods, Nantina’s research examines what is new and old in today’s contest over the future of work. Nantina received their doctoral degree in sociology from New York University, in addition to support from the Center for Engaged Scholarship and Urban Democracy Lab. Their work has appeared at the American Sociological Association, International Sociological Association, Data & Society Research Institute and Labor Research Action Network, as well as in The Nation, Jacobin and The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy.