Michael Siciliano

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Sociology, UCLA)
Email: m.siciliano@queensu.ca
Office: Macintosh-Corry Hall, D423
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 75091

Research Interests

Work and Labor, Culture, Media, Organizations, Materiality and Material culture, Aesthetics/Affect, Science and Technology Studies

Research Areas

My research explores theoretical issues related to power and control over labor and the aesthetic dimensions of work and technology in the context of “cognitive” or “informational” capitalism. My current projects focus on the ambivalence of work in “creative” or culture industries and infrastructures of work such as digital platforms. In my book and related publications, I address these issues through a series of ethnographic studies of “creative” work in music production, YouTube production, and digital publishing.


I completed my graduate work at UCLA (PhD, Sociology, 2017) and University of Chicago (AM, 2010). More recently, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California (2018-2019) in the Department of Sociology.


SOCY-931 - New Media Cultures (Winter 2021)

SOCY-336 - Sociology of Work and Technology (Fall 2020)

SOCY-428 – Advanced Topics in the Sociology of Work: Work’s Emerging Futures (Fall 2020)


Forthcoming. Creative Control: The Ambivalence of Work in the Culture Industries. New York: Columbia University Press.

2017. “Digital Labor’s Blackboxed Supervisors.” New Criticals. October 31st, 2017. New Criticals

2016. “Disappearing into the Object: Aesthetic Subjectivities and Organizational Control in Routine Cultural Work.” Organization Studies 37(5):687–708.

2016. “Control from On High: Cloud Computing, Skill, and Acute Frustration among Analytics Workers in the Digital Publishing Industry.” Research in the Sociology of Work 29(1):125-153).

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