Ofer Sharone

Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

A highly experienced professor and negotiation expert, Ofer Sharone has taught at University of Massachusetts Amherst, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and the Program on Negotiation. His research—which utilizes in-depth interviews and participant observations—focuses on how professionals make career decisions, search for jobs, use social media tools, and negotiate with employers.

His recently published book Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences won the Zelizer Award in Economic Sociology and the Weber Award in Organizations, Occupation, Work. His current research with the Institute for Career Transitions garnered significant attention from the national media and led to an invitation from the White House and the Department of Labor to participate in policy discussions centering on long-term unemployment. Prior to joining academia, Sharone worked in the private sector as the lead negotiator and attorney for complex finance transactions in Japan, Indonesia, and the United States.


B.A., University of Illinois

J.D., Harvard Law School

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Research interests

Careers, negotiation, job searching and recruitment, labor market analysis, cross-national and cross cultural qualitative research, sustainability, sociology of work, economic sociology

Selected publications

  • Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences.University of Chicago Press, 2013.
  • “LinkedIn or LinkedOut? How Social Networking Sites Are Reshaping the Labor Market.” Research in the Sociology of Work30 (2017): 1–31.
  • With Alexandria Vasquez. “Sociology as a Strategy of Support for Long- Term Unemployed Workers.”  American Sociologist 48, no. 2 (2017):246–265.
  • “Social Capital Activation and Job Searching: Embedding the Use of Weak Ties in the American Institutional Context.” Work and Occupations, June 30, 2014. DOI: 10.1177/0730888414538432.
  • “Why Do Unemployed Americans Blame Themselves While Israelis Blame the System?” Social Forces 91, no. 4 (2013): 1429–1450.
  • “Constructing Unemployed Job Seekers as Professional Workers: The Depoliticizing Work-Game of Job Searching.” Qualitative Sociology 30, no. 4 (2007): 403–416.

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