Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya

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Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya

Research Interests
economic sociology, organizations, science and technology studies

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Sociology studying economic sociology, organizations, and technology. In addition, I hold a Designated Emphasis in the Sociology of Organizations and Markets from Haas School of Business. My research uses organizational (meso-level) theory to explain macro-level trends in the economy.

One project examines the role of innovation in American finance by charting the rise of passive investment products (index funds and exchange-traded funds or ETFs) in the twentieth-century. How did passive investments come to dominate the multi-trillion dollar U.S. investment management industry, even as they went against the best interests of many of that industry's key players? Another project examines the rise of employee activism in the U.S. technology industry. As part of the Collective Action in Tech project (, I have gathered hundreds of these employee protests in a publicly accessible archive. Using this archive, I examine how and why workers decide to pursue collective action in the workplace. This research has been featured in The Guardian, MIT Technology Review, NBC News, NPR and TIME and has been funded by the Jain Family Institute, the Center for Technology, Society, and Policy, and the Berkeley Culture Initiative.

Prior to graduate school, I worked in finance and journalism. I earned a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College and an M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University.