Economic Sociology, Sociological Theory, The Sociology of Work
Professor Lair is a graduate of the University of Maryland (Ph.D. and M.A.) and Arizona State University (B.A.). He teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology; Wealth, Power, and Prestige, Introduction to Sociological Theory; and Theories of Capitalism. His research focuses on the sociology of outsourcing, work, and the economy. Over the past few years, he has focused on two projects: the sociological exploration of advertisements for nannies on Craigslist, and the trend of individuals and businesses hiring companies to write greeting cards on their behalf.